Date: 23rd January 2017 at 11:13am
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Premier League leaders Chelsea moved eight points clear at the summit courtesy of a 2-0 victory over struggling Hull on Sunday.

Antonio Conte welcomed striker Diego Costa back into his starting eleven after missing the trip to Leicester last weekend, and the Spaniard repaid his manager’s faith with the opener at Stamford Bridge.

Gary Cahill nodded home a second nine minutes later to secure an 18th win of the campaign for the Blues, who have stamped their complete authority on the title race.

That’s because second place Tottenham and third place Liverpool both dropped points over the weekend, with Spurs coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, while Jurgen Klopp’s Reds went down 3-2 at home to bottom side Swansea.

It now means that Arsenal are up to second after they left it late to beat Burnley 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium, with Alexis Sanchez’s 98th minute penalty securing the three points, while sixth place Manchester United needed a record-breaking Wayne Rooney goal to snatch a 1-1 draw at Stoke.

Everton recorded a third successive league win at the expense of Crystal Palace, while West Brom remain eighth after beating relegation-threatened Sunderland 2-0 at the Hawthorns – a result which sees David Moyes’ side fall to the bottom of the division.

Elsewhere, Southampton picked up their first league win of 2017 by comfortably dispatching champions Leicester 3-0 at St Mary’s, West Ham moved into the top half with a 3-1 win at Middlesbrough, and Bournemouth twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at home to Watford.

In what was a thrilling weekend of Premier League action, many supporters took to social media to express their views, with Chelsea and specifically Costa provoking quite the response of Twitter…

Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing record as Manchester United’s all-time top goal-scorer at the weekend, and Twitter saluted the England captain for a sensational achievement…

Arsenal left it very late to see off Sean Dyche’s Burnley, yet the win was still met by mixed reactions from some Gunners fans…

Manchester City drew 2-2 at home to in-form Tottenham on Saturday evening, and many City supporters were delighted with their side’s display…

While some Spurs fans valued the result more than their team’s performance at the Etihad Stadium…

It was not a good weekend for Liverpool, who lost 3-2 at home to Swansea and Saturday, and it was unsurprisingly met by angry and frustrated reactions from Reds fans…

 
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