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Chelsea win, remain top of Premier League

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Chelsea continued their pushed for the English Premier League title. However, the big winners of the weekend were Manchester City and Liverpool.

Pep Guardiola’s Blues came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1. It was the second time in as many games that the Gunners gave up a first half lead.

Theo Walcott opened the scoring in the fifth minute thanks to Alexis Sanchez’s assist.

However, just after halftime, Leroy Sane’s left footed shot streaked past Petr Cech. With 20 minutes to go, Kevin De Bruyne set up Raheem Sterling as the Blues completely dominated the second half of the match.

The win puts Manchester City seven points behind Chelsea going into gameweek 18.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea won for the 11th straight match as Diego Costa scored his league leading 13th goal of the season. Despite the win, Chelsea only held 47% of the possession.

The loss leaves Crystal Palace just one point above the relegation zone.

Stoke 2-2 Leicester

Stoke and Leicester shared the points in a four goal thriller. Stoke were two goals up by halftime as Bojan’s penalty was followed by a Joe Allen strike.

Leicester’s Jamie Vardy was sent off in the 28th minute with a straight red card. An unexpected result after our suggestion to include him in your Fantasy Premier League team last week.

Despite being down a man, Leicester stormed back with goals from Leonardo Ulloa and Daniel Amartey.

The draw puts Leicester three points above the bottom three.

West Brom Albion 0-2 Manchester United

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United completed a comprehensive 2-0 win over West Brom Albion.

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice to give the Red Devils the win. Ibrahimovic’s form has been scintillating recently.

The Swede now has 11 of United’s 24 goals, which is good enough for 46% of the team’s scoring.

Tottenham 2-1 Burnley

Tottenham came from behind to defeat Burnley 2-1, thanks to goals from Dele Alli and Danny Rose.

Burnley got on the board first thanks to a strike from Ashley Barnes. However, Alli got Spurs right back in the fixture in the 26th minute thanks to Kyle Walker’s assist.

Moussa Sissoko set up Rose just 20 minutes from time to give Spurs all three points. Tottenham are now up to fifth, 10 points off of top spot.

Everton 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool escaped Goodison Park with a second half stoppage-time winner from Sadio Mane. The Reds’ midfielder was quickest to pounce on Daniel Sturridge’s shot which bounced off the post.

Despite having nearly 70% of the possession, Liverpool failed to create much going forward for large chunks of the game.

One of the match’s biggest talking points was Ross Barkley’s high tackle on Jordan Henderson. Barkley should have seen red for the tackle and Henderson escaped what could have been a leg breaking tackle.

Everton have now won just one of the last 20 Merseyside derbies.

Saturday December 17, 2016

Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

Stoke 2-2 Leicester

Sunderland 1-0 Watford

West Ham 1-0 Hull

West Brom Albion 0-2 Manchester United

Sunday December 18, 2016

Bournemouth 1-3 Southampton

Tottenham 2-1 Burnley

Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal

Monday December 19, 2016

Everton 0-1 Liverpool

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