Chelsea pull clear…As Everton hold City

11Chelsea-players-1CHELSEA beat Newcastle United 2-0 for a 10th straight Premier League home win at their Stamford Bridge stronghold on Saturday to reassert themselves as Premier League leaders while Manc-hester City drew 1-1 at Everton.

Jose Mourinho’s team had relinquished control in the title race in recent weeks with City roaring back to close an eight-point deficit and draw level but goals from Oscar and Diego Costa edged them two points clear at the top.

City, who had collected 25 points from the last 27 on offer, took the lead late on at Goodison Park through Fernandinho but Steven Naismith’s header secured a point for the hosts to leave City manager Manuel Pellegrini frustrated.

“If you had said at the beginning of the game we would draw against Everton away, then maybe it is not a bad result, but because we had so many chances we are not happy with the draw,” Pellegrini told reporters.

“I said before that from now until the end of the season every game will be a final. It is very difficult but we are not deciding the title in this moment.”

Chelsea, who were second best during the first half before Oscar’s well-worked 43rd minute opener, have 49 points from 21 games with City on 47. A clash between the two title favourites looms later this month.

With Southampton at third-placed Manchester United on Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur had the chance to move into the top four but despite another goal for in-form striker Harry Kane they went down 2-1 at Crystal Palace.

Kane’s eighth league goal low into the corner put Spurs ahead after halftime but Palace, with Alan Pardew in charge for the first time in the league, hit back through Dwight Gayle’s penalty and Jason Puncheon’s winner to escape the bottom three.

Eighth-placed Liverpool edged nearer the top four with a 1-0 victory at Sunderland, Lazar Markovic’s first Premier League goal deciding the contest at a blustery Stadium of Light.

Queens Park Rangers fell into the relegation zone after a 2-1 loss at Burnley, in the process becoming the first Premier League side to lose their first 10 away games of the season. Danny Ings scored Burnley’s winner.

Both sides ended with 10 men at Leicester City where the hosts stayed bottom despite beating Aston Villa 1-0, while West Bromwich Albion’s new manager Tony Pulis enjoyed a winning league start with a 1-0 defeat of Hull City.


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