Defending Premier League champions Leicester took a major step towards banishing their relegation worries by beating bottom of the table Sunderland 2-0 at the King Power Stadium.
Second-half goals from strike duo Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy sealed a sixth successive victory for the Foxes since the sacking of Claudio Ranieri and installation of Craig Shakespeare as boss.
Their win lifted Leicester to 10th in the table, while Sunderland, who issued a statement backing manager David Moyes following his apology for suggesting that a female reporter might get “a slap”, remained eight points from safety.
Burnley also gave their survival hopes a significant boost after George Boyd scored the only goal of the game as the Clarets overcame Stoke 1-0 at Turf Moor – their 10th home win of the season.
The Lancashire outfit jumped to 12th, eight points clear of Hull, who occupy the final relegation spot and face a crucial clash with fellow strugglers Middlesbrough tonight.
Watford earned back-to-back league triumphs and eased into the top half following a 2-0 success over West Brom at Vicarage Road.
AC Milan loanee M’Baye Niang and skipper Troy Deeney found the net for the hosts, while defender Miguel Britos was sent off after 65 minutes for a second bookable offence.