Date: 16th January 2017 at 10:02am
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League leaders Chelsea returned to winning ways in the Premier League courtesy of a 3-0 victory at champions Leicester on Saturday – this all without star striker Diego Costa.

Spanish forward Costa was left out of the Blues’ squad for the trip to the King Power Stadium due to a reported bust-up with manager Antonio Conte, but the leaders dealt with his absence admirably as a brace from Marcos Alonso and a strike from Pedro sealed a 17th win of the campaign for Conte’s side.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham had earlier in the day put pressure on the leaders thanks to a 4-0 thumping of West Brom, with new father Harry Kane bagging a hat-trick in an excellent Spurs performance.

Arsenal had moved up to third on Saturday after sweeping aside struggling Swansea 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium, and Paul Clement’s side are now bottom of the pile after Hull came from behind to beat Bournemouth 3-1 in Marco Silva’s first league game in charge.

Photo: Paul Roberts / Offside.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool leapfrogged the Gunners on Sunday following a 1-1 draw away at Manchester United, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal cancelling out James Milner’s first half penalty, while Ronald Koeman’s Everton all but ended Manchester City’s title hopes with a 4-0 win at Goodison Park.

Stoke moved up to ninth following a 3-1 victory at relegation-threatened Sunderland, while Sean Dyche’s Burnley moved into the top half after beating Southampton 1-0 at Turf Moor, which was the Clarets’ eighth home win of the campaign.

Slaven Bilic’s West Ham moved nine points clear of the bottom three following a comfortable 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace, while at an emotional Vicarage Road following the death of Graham Taylor in the week, Watford drew 0-0 with Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough.

In what was a thrilling weekend of action in England’s top-flight, many supporters took to Twitter to express their views on the weekend’s games, with some Chelsea fans unconcerned about Costa’s absence following their win at Leicester…

Many were delighted with an excellent display at the King Power Stadium and their perfect response to their loss at Spurs on January 4…

West Ham picked up a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace without star man Dimitri Payet, who in the week refused to play for the club. Like Costa, one Hammers fans praised a great display without the Frenchman…

With many suggesting that Andy Carroll’s goal should rightly be a contender for Goal of the Season…

Jose Mourinho’s United needed a late leveller to rescue a point against Liverpool on Sunday, and there was a mixed reaction from both sets of supporters on Twitter…

Some United fans were disappointed by Paul Pogba’s lethargic display…

… while several Reds supporters rightly praised goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold for impressive performances at Old Trafford…

 
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