Date: 12th December 2016 at 10:14am
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Chelsea maintained their three point lead at the top of the Premier League table in what was a thrilling weekend of action in the top-flight.

Antonio Conte’s Blues found it tricky to break down a stubborn West Brom defence on Sunday, but Diego Costa’s brilliant finish 14 minutes from time secured a 1-0 win for the hosts, and their ninth successive league victory.

They had lost top spot temporarily to Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, who came from a goal down to overcome Stoke 3-1 at the Emirates on Saturday, yet fellow title contenders Liverpool dropped points at Anfield as they could only muster a 2-2 draw against struggling West Ham.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City suffered their second consecutive league defeat by losing 4-2 at champions Leicester, who picked up just their fourth league win of the campaign on Saturday, yet fifth place Tottenham didn’t take advantage of City’s slip up, as they lost 1-0 at City’s neighbours Manchester United on Sunday.

Photo: Charlotte Wilson

Photo: Charlotte Wilson

Watford moved up to seventh courtesy of a 3-2 victory over Ronald Koeman’s Everton on Saturday, while the Dutchman’s former club Southampton moved back into the top half after beating Middlesbrough 1-0 yesterday.

At the bottom, Swansea secured a vital 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Sunderland at the Liberty Stadium, Hull drew 3-3 at home to Crystal Palace at the KCOM Stadium, and Burnley recorded a fifth home victory of the season by beating Bournemouth 3-2 at Turf Moor.

In what was a thrilling weekend of action in England’s top division, there were 29 goals scored in the six games on Saturday, and this got many people talking on Twitter about the standard of defending in the Premier League…

One of the games of the weekend saw Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester dispatch Man City 4-2 at the King Power Stadium, with the Foxes coming in for praise on social media, yet questions were asked of Guardiola after another abject defensive display from his side…

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool dropped points at Anfield on Sunday, drawing 2-2 with West Ham, and goalkeeper Loris Karius has once again come in for criticism after failing to keep out Dimitri Payet’s free-kick…

Yet, some Reds fans pointed to the overall performance of their side as the reason why they didn’t get the win…

 
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