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All the scores, stories and highlights from Tuesday in the Premier League.

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The relegation race is starting to look pretty locked up in the Premier League, with Aston Villa "leading" the charge thanks to dooming themselves to a loss almost before their game got started on Tuesday. With Sunderland looking hopeless in their loss to Manchester City, the only question now is which team can start finding ways to get any points at all -- Newcastle United or Norwich City.

Meanwhile, an incredible, goal-of-the-season candidate from Jamie Vardy led Leicester City to stay atop the table, Tottenham Hotspur may be heating up, and Anthony Martial is starting to look like he belongs in England.

Tuesday's scores

Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool
Sunderland 0-1 Manchester City
Arsenal 0-0 Southampton
Norwich City 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham United 2-0 Aston Villa
Crystal Palace 1-2 AFC Bournemouth
Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Swansea City

This is the goal of the season, everyone go home

Jamie Vardy is a lot of things, not all of them good. What is undeniably good, though, is his skill as a player, especially when it comes to scoring fantastic goals.

That is a fantastic, instinctual, jaw-dropping goal. Hitting that ball, on the volley, from that angle, with a defender in his eyeline? Unreal, otherworldly stuff. If that's not goal of the season, that means we're going to see something incredible between now and the end of the season.

Aston Villa are frustrated, but this is beyond dumb

In the 17th minute against West Ham, Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew got himself sent off with a straight red card. What could a striker possibly have done to earn such an early shower? Well, this.

Come on. Really, Ayew? Sure, you're frustrated. Your whole team is with how poor Villa have been this season. But you can't go around blatantly elbowing people in the face like that. You just can't. You left your team in the lurch, down a man and without their best striker for over 70 minutes of the match.

How does our Aston Villa blog feel about it? Not great!

With displays like that from their players, it's no wonder Aston Villa are a near-lock to be relegated at the end of the season.

We see you, Anthony Martial

The French teenager has had an up-and-down season in his first campaign in England, but when he's "on," he can have some truly special moments. Take this goal to put Manchester United up 2-0 over Stoke City for example:


That is really something wonderful. Yes, he had a ton of space to work with and that makes his job easier, but the composure, calm, and pure finishing prowess to settle a not-great ball served to him and drill that shot on a tight angle to the upper corner deserves applause.

Are Tottenham really good, or is Norwich City just really bad?

Spurs absolutely dominated Norwich, with huge stat-sheet advantages in both possession and shots taken. Even just watching the match and ignoring the stats, it was clear that Spurs were the dominant force and that Norwich were really, really struggling to get much of anything going.

But who does that say more about? Tottenham have seen some pretty wide swings in form, going from a dominant side that takes on all comers with ease to one that struggles to play cohesively and looks awfully vulnerable to even mediocre teams. A performance like this one could be seen as a sign that Spurs are on an upswing, or possibly even starting to find the consistency they've long needed.

Norwich aren't even mediocre, though -- they're bad. They're not in the relegation zone more because Newcastle, Sunderland, and Aston Villa have been even worse than because of their own quality. This loss was their fifth straight, and they look so lost on the pitch so much of the time that it's hard to see them improving much this season. It's hard to look at how Norwich played in this

Also, Dele Alli scored in the second minute and ran rampant all over Norwich's midfield in the first half while suffering from the flu. Again, that might say more about Norwich than it does Alli, but goodness gracious does that kid have talent.