Date: 19th December 2016 at 9:55am
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Chelsea picked up an 11th straight Premier League win when they saw off London rivals Crystal Palace 1-0 on Saturday.

Antonio Conte’s men didn’t have it all their own way at Selhurst Park, yet Diego Costa’s fine header from a Cesar Azpilicueta cross secured the points for the visitors.

It meant that they sat nine points clear at the top overnight, but that gap has since been reduced to seven following Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal.

Theo Walcott gave the Gunners the lead but goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling saw Pep Guardiola’s side deservedly clinch all three points, and condemn Arsene Wenger’s Gunners to a second league defeat in six days.

Photo: Charlotte Wilson

Photo: Charlotte Wilson

Arsenal are now just a point ahead of North London rivals Tottenham, who came from behind to beat Burnley 2-1 on Sunday, while Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are just three points further back after they picked up a third consecutive win away by beating West Brom.

Claude Puel’s Southampton moved up to seventh courtesy of a 3-1 success over South Coast rivals Bournemouth, while Stoke missed the chance to get back into the top half after squandering a two-goal lead at home to ten-man Leicester, as they only drew 2-2 against the Premier League champions.

West Ham and Middlesbrough both moved away from the bottom three with vital home wins over Hull and Swansea respectively, while David Moyes’ Sunderland are just a point from safety after narrowly beating Watford 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.

With the Merseyside derby still to come on Monday, it has thus far been an exciting weekend of action in England’s top-flight, with the game of the weekend certainly at the Etihad Stadium, where Man City fans were clearly thrilled with their side’s second half display against the Gunners…

While Arsenal fans were livid with their side’s efforts, once again questioning the team’s mental strength against the better sides…

And some were not impressed with their side’s second half performance…

Champions Leicester saw Jamie Vardy sent off during the first half against Stoke, a decision many thought was harsh…

Nevertheless, some Foxes supporters were thrilled to see their side’s fighting spirit come through in the second period…

Conte’s Chelsea secured an 11th successive win and, although it wasn’t the greatest display, many can see the championship-winning qualities in the Blues team…

Yet some have a slight cause for concern ahead of Boxing Day, where they will be without Costa and N’Golo Kante for the visit of Bournemouth…

 
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