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Abena Alice|myghanalinks - Chelsea maintained their lead atop the Barclays PL as they kept their undefeated streak at home and in this year’s Premiership alive, they had to dig deep before sealing a 2-1 win over battling Queens Park Rangers. Second placed Southampton maintained their position with a lone goal victory over Hull City to remain four points behind Chelsea. Manchester City returned to their winning ways with a lone goal victory over Manchester United but remain 6 clear points adrift the top spot.

Manchester United's nightmarish start to the season continued and Liverpool did not fare any better as they succumbed to a 1 nil loss at the hands of Newcastle with struggling forward Mario Balotelli flattering to deceive. West Bromwich, Arsenal and Tottenham all notched victories to improve their standings.

Newcastle 1 - 0 Liverpool

Newcastle recorded their fourth straight victory at the expense of Liverpool as substitute Ayoze Perez secured them a 1-0 home win. The marked upturn in form for Alan Pardew's Magpies continued on Saturday as Perez - the match-winner at Tottenham in their last league outing - struck the only goal of the game in the 73rd minute at St James' Park, following a defensive mistake by Alberto Moreno.

After a one-two with Dummett, Sissoko's pass intended for Cabella was intercepted but crucially not cleared by the stumbling Moreno, allowing Newcastle's Spanish ace to hammer the loose ball home.

Mario Balotelli returned to Liverpool's starting line-up after scoring his first goal in nine games against Swansea in midweek. He forced a solid save save from Krul with a dipping, swerving free-kick, and the Holland international had to pluck another effort from the Italian out of the air five minutes later. Liverpool failed to capitalize on the chances that came their way as the match wore on.

Leicester City 0 - 1 West Bromwich

Esteban Cambiasso's second-half own-goal gave West Brom a 1-0 victory at struggling Leicester and extended the Foxes' winless run in the Barclays Premier League to five matches.

The hosts were the better side for large spells of the contest but it was Cambiasso's unfortunate touch off Wes Morgan's header in the 47th minute that ensured West Brom took home the bragging rights.

Leicester continued to huff and puff in the dying minutes, bombarding West Brom's box with crosses and long throws but the visitors' defence held firm

The Baggies have now lost only once in six league matches while Leicester have picked up just one point from five fixtures that included Swansea, Newcastle, Burnley and Crystal Palace.

Chelsea 2 - 1 QPR

Chelsea maintained their 100 per cent home record but they had to dig deep before sealing a 2-1 win over battling Queens Park Rangers. Cesc Fabregas had Rob Green at full stretch before the Chelsea midefielder was heavily involved in the opening goal in the 32nd minute. He took a return pass from Diego Costa on the edge of the area before picking out Oscar on the right of the area and the Brazilian coolly bent the ball beyond Green with the outside of his right boot.

Junior Hoilett came off for Bobby Zamora and moments later the visitors were level thanks to Austin's impudence in the 62nd minute. Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois fisted Vargas' driven shot out to the edge of the area where Fer volleyed towards goal without much conviction, but Austin's clever back-heel from seven yards wrong-footed Courtois to spark wild celebrations in the away end.

A rush of blood from Vargas proved costly as he clattered into Hazard on the left-hand edge of the area and the Belgian calmly sent Green (75) the wrong way from the spot for a hard fought victory.

Hull City 0 - 1 Southampton

Victor Wanyama’s long-range effort was enough to earn second-placed Southampton a 1-0 win away at Hull City. The only goal of Saturday's Premier League game arrived in the third minute, with third-choice goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic enduring a moment to forget for the hosts.

His poor clearance fell kindly at the feet of Wanyama, who still had a lot to do from 40 yards out. The Kenyan returned the ball with interest, though, into an unguarded net, with his composed finish sealing a 10th victory for Southampton in their last 11 outings in all competitions.

Stoke City 2 - 2 West Ham

Stewart Downing scored one and set up another as West Ham fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. It looked as though it would be a happy 51st birthday for Mark Hughes as Victor Moses bundled home from close range in the first half and Mame Biram Diouf doubled the advantage from Jonathan Walters’ cross shortly after the break.

But West Ham halved the deficit on the hour mark when Downing whipped in an excellent ball for Enner Valencia to nod in. The visitors had barely threatened up until that point but they levelled in the 72nd minute when Downing drilled in a shot that Asmir Begovic could not keep out.

Arsenal 3 - 0 Burnley FC

Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Arsenal moved into the top four courtesy of a 3-0 victory over a resilient Burnley. The Gunners were frustrated for 70 minutes at the Emirates as they were unable to make their vastly superior possession count against a well-drilled Clarets side. But the deadlock was finally broken by Sanchez, who rose highest in the box to head in a Callum Chambers cross.

Two minutes later, Chambers went from provider to scorer by latching on to a loose ball in the box to hammer home following a corner.

And in the final minute, Sanchez grabbed his second by collecting Kieran Gibbs' low cross in the box and finishing from close range.

The scoreline could have been even greater were it not for Burnley keeper Tom Heaton, who produced a string of superb saves to deny the Gunners, most notably a point-blank block from the volley of substitute Lukas Podolski late in the second half, and the woodwork, which the German struck with a fierce volley.

Everton 0 - 0 Swansea City

Ten-man Swansea held Everton to a goalless draw at Goodison Park for a well-earned share of the spoils.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was dismissed for a second bookable offence 18 minutes from time after blocking the path of James McCarthy, but the Swans dug deep to hold out for a point.

The visitors may have felt aggrieved after referee Kevin Friend rejected a strong penalty appeal when Shelvey's effort on goal in the first-half struck Antolin Alcaraz's hand.

The hosts, who had lacked vigour throughout, failed to make the most of their numerical advantage and make it a hat-trick of Premier League wins.

Man City 1 - 0 Man United

Sergio Aguero's second-half goal earned Manchester City a hard-fought 1-0 win over 10-man Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium.

United were reduced to 10 men late on in the first half when Chris Smalling was sent off for two bookable offences in the space of eight minutes.

After seeing three penalty claims turned down Aguero grabbed the crucial breakthrough for Manchester City just past the hour mark with a fine finish.

City took advantage of count with Aguero breaking the deadlock with his 10th Premier League goal of the season. Toure unlocked the United defence with a fine through-ball for Clichy down the left and he superbly pulled the ball back for Aguero to slam his left-footed shot high into the net past De Gea.

United went close to an equaliser on 70 minutes when out of nothing van Persie beat Martin Demichelis and Clichy down the left and fired in a shot which Hart kept out with his legs at his near post.
United threw everything at City in the closing stages with Angel di Maria seeing a shot superbly saved by Joe Hart and Marouane Fellaini wasting a good opening as the home side were forced to hang on against the 10 men of United.

Aston Villa 1 - 2 Tottenham

Harry Kane scored a deflected 90th-minute free-kick as Tottenham came from behind to return to winning ways in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa, who had Christian Benteke sent off.

Belgium striker Benteke was dismissed after 65 minutes at Villa Park following a skirmish with young Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason ahead of Nacer Chadli firing in his fifth league goal of the season in the 84th minute which looked like snatching a point for the visitors.

But Kane's deadball effort was then deflected by Nathan Baker's head past his own goalkeeper Brad Guzan to lift the north Londoners up to eighth in the table and stretch Villa's run of league defeats to six.



Monday game

Crstal Palace vs Sunderland


Reports from skysports and eurosports were used in this compilation.

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