Douglas Luiz’s 89th-minute winner secured a crucial victory for Aston Villa over Burnley, while Crystal Palace triumphed 3-1 against Brentford and Wolves defeated Everton 3-0.
Brentford were eager to bounce back after a disappointing 4-1 defeat to Wolves in their first match after Christmas. Meanwhile, Palace also suffered a defeat, losing 2-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
It was Brentford who took the lead just two minutes into the game, with Keane Lewis-Potter converting a cross from the right wing. However, Palace quickly turned the tide and equalized before the end of the first half. Michael Olise scored at the back post 12 minutes later, followed by Eberechi Eze’s goal just before halftime. Olise then secured his brace with a low shot into the corner 13 minutes into the second half.
Villa, on the other hand, were determined to return to winning ways after their disappointing late defeat to Manchester United on Boxing Day. Burnley, who were looking to revive their bid to stay up after losing to Liverpool, needed a win.
Villa took the lead through Leon Bailey just before the half-hour mark, as he unleashed a rising shot into the net with his left foot. Zeki Amdouni quickly equalized for Burnley with a well-executed set piece, but Moussa Diaby restored Villa’s lead from close range. Vincent Kompany’s men faced further setbacks when Sander Berge received a second yellow card, but Lyle Foster surprised everyone with a 71st-minute equalizer. The drama continued when Villa were awarded a penalty in the 89th minute, and Douglas Luiz’s shot hit the crossbar, bounced off the goal line, and found the back of the net.
Everton, who had suffered a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City, were hoping to end their winless streak of three matches. However, Wolves proved to be too strong for them. Max Kilman opened the scoring with a goalmouth scramble on 25 minutes, and Matheus Cunha extended Wolves’ lead shortly after the restart. Craig Dawson sealed the victory with a goal on 61 minutes.
In the early Saturday kick-off, Chelsea secured a 3-2 win against Luton, with Cole Palmer shining brightly.