Chelsea moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League courtesy of a 2-0 victory over struggling Hull on Sunday.

The Blues welcomed striker Diego Costa back into the side after he missed the win at Leicester last weekend, and the 28-year-old set Antonio Conte’s men on their way to victory with his 15th league goal of the campaign in the first half.

Gary Cahill added a second for the hosts to secure an 18th league win of the season, and it means that they are now eight points clear of their nearest challengers, who are now Arsenal after they left it late to beat Burnley 2-1 on Sunday.

The Gunners have leapfrogged both Tottenham and Liverpool after the latter lost 3-2 at home to bottom side Swansea on Saturday, while Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Manchester City on Saturday.

Sixth place Manchester United also lost ground on the top four after they could only manage a 1-1 draw at Stoke, although the occasion did see Wayne Rooney net his 250th United goal, and in turn become the club’s all-time leading goal-scorer.

Everton picked up a third straight win with a 1-0 success at Crystal Palace, who fall into the bottom three as a result, while West Brom remain eighth after beating David Moyes’ Sunderland 2-0 at the Hawthorns.

Slaven Bilic’s West Ham are into the top half after a fine 3-1 win at Middlesbrough, and they remain a point ahead of Southampton, who dispatched champions Leicester 3-0 at St Mary’s.

In the weekend’s other game, Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth twice came from behind to deny Watford a first win since December 10, as the two sides drew 2-2 at the Vitality Stadium.

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