EPL: Chris Wood scores brace for Burnley, Liverpool back on top

New Zealand's Chris Wood scored twice as Burnley eased their relegation worries with a 3-1 victory at Brighton.

Wood, who has scored five times in seven games, found the back of the net once in each half before Ashley Barnes provided the additional breathing space with a 73rd-minute penalty on Sunday (NZ time).

Burnley slipped into the relegation zone ahead of kick-off following Cardiff's dramatic 2-1 victory over Southampton, but the win against the Seagulls sees the Clarets jump to 15th on the standings.

Wood scored his first in the 27th minute when Brighton defender slipped Lewis Dunk which left the Kiwi one-on-one with Australian keeper Mat Ryan and finished with a powerful shot.

His second was a perfectly placed strike in the bottom-right corner in the 61st minute.

Wood's team are now unbeaten in their last seven matches, and they will host Tottenham in their next game in two weeks.

Meanwhile, Liverpool cruised back to the top of the Premier League standings, while Manchester United joined them in the top four.

Liverpool beat Bournemouth 3-0 to go three points clear of holders Manchester City. Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah scored for Liverpool, who dropped behind City on goal difference last week after two straight draws.   

Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah.
Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah. Photo credit: Reuters

City can climb back above them by beating Chelsea on Monday, though they will have played one game more.   

United's 3-0 win at Fulham lifted them above Chelsea into fourth.

Paul Pogba sandwiched a brace around Anthony Martial's score as United extended their unbeaten run under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to 11 games in all competitions with the easy win at Fulham.   

"We managed the game well which you have to do away from home, and we played some fantastic football," said Solskjaer, whose team sit in the Champions League places for the first time since the season's opening weekend.   

"We want to keep moving forward and hang onto this fourth place."   

Fulham remains second-bottom on the table, seven points from safety.   

Cardiff sits 16th on the standings after Kenneth Zohore's 93rd-minute goal gave them a dramatic 2-1 win at Southampton.   

The winner came moments after Jack Stephens looked to have rescued a point for the Saints in stoppage-time.   

Neil Warnock celebrates after an emotional Cardiff win.
Neil Warnock celebrates after an emotional Cardiff win. Photo credit: Reuters

The fixture was Cardiff's first game since the body of striker Emiliano Sala was recovered this week from the wreckage of a plane that went down in the English Channel.   

"It's been a tough couple of weeks," captain Sol Bamba said.   

"But to put in a performance like this is very good and we're very pleased at the end.   

"I know Emiliano Sala was looking from up there so it's good to get the three points."   

Goals from Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette gave Arsenal a 2-1 win at Huddersfield, the bottom side.   

Arsenal are level on points with fifth-placed Chelsea, while Huddersfield remains 13 points from safety following their 12th loss in 13 games.   

Andre Gray's score gave Watford a 1-0 win over Everton, and Wilfried Zaha's goal earned Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw with West Ham, who led through Mark Noble's penalty.   

Third-placed Tottenham can close within five points of Liverpool with a home win over Leicester on Sunday.