Premier League round-up: Chelsea surge seven points clear as Costa strikes again

first_imgChelsea maintained their unbeaten start to the season and moved seven points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over ten-man West Brom.With second-placed Southampton not playing until Monday night, Jose Mourinho’s men took the opportunity to extend their lead at the summit as they coasted to victory against the Baggies at Stamford Bridge.Diego Costa was afforded too much space in the box to fire home his 11th goal of the season with just over ten minutes on the clock, before Eden Hazard capitalised on more lax defending to add a second inside 25 minutes.West Brom’s afternoon went from bad to worse just a few minutes later as they were reduced to ten men, with Claudio Yacob’s two-footed lunge towards Costa deemed worthy of a straight red card despite the defender appearing to make contact with the ball.It was a case of damage limitation for the visitors from that moment on and they did well to stop Chelsea from adding to their tally in the second half, although the home side appeared happy to keep possession and see the game out.Chelsea remain eight points ahead of third-placed Manchester City, who came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.City boss Manuel Pellegrini warned his side they could not afford to lose any more games in 2014 on the eve of the clash with the Welsh club.His players did not appear to get the message, though, as Wilfried Bony celebrated signing a new contract earlier this week by giving Swansea a shock lead inside ten minutes.But City fought back to level through Stevan Jovetic on 19 minutes, before Yaya Toure clinched a much-needed victory for the champions with a well-taken strike midway through the second half.Newcastle’s remarkable run continues, meanwhile, as they secured a fifth successive victory by beating QPR 1-0.The Magpies couldn’t buy a win at the start of the season and supporters loudly called for manager Alan Pardew’s dismissal.But Pardew has overseen a remarkable turnaround in recent weeks, and they are now up to fourth in the Premier League as Moussa Sissoko’s strike 12 minutes from time earned them all three points against QPR.The Hoops are now propping up the table, as Burnley beat Stoke 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium to move off the bottom.The newly-promoted Clarets had failed to win any of their opening ten games of the season but it is now back-to-back victories for Sean Dyche’s side.Danny Ings’ quick fire double early in the first half earned them the win, with Jonathan Walters’ strike proving a mere consolation for the hosts.Burnley are now level on points with 17th-placed Leicester, who remain without a victory since September after being held to a goalless draw at home to Sunderland.And finally, West Ham’s five-match unbeaten run was brought to an end by Everton at Goodison Park.Mauro Zarate had cancelled out Romelu Lukaku’s fifth goal of the season to level for the Hammers but Leon Osman marked his 400th Everton appearance with the winning goal for the home side.Premier League results:Chelsea 2 – 0 West BromEverton 2 – 1 West HamLeicester 0 – 0 SunderlandMan City 2 – 1 SwanseaNewcastle 1 – 0 QPRStoke 1 – 2 Burnley Diego Costa celebrates scoring for Chelsea against West Brom 1last_img

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