22 Oct 2014

Chelsea cement top spot

11:54 am on 22 October 2014

Chelsea maintained their grip on top spot in English football's Premier League with a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace, while Sergio Aguero scored all four goals for Manchester City against Tottenham.

Chelsea player tries to control the ball.

Chelsea player tries to control the ball. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Southampton also put eight past Sunderland on an entertaining day of football.

Goals from Oscar and Cesc Fabregas made it seven wins from eight games for Chelsea, who overcame the sending off of Cesar Azpilicueta before halftime to stay five points clear of City who won 4-1 in a game containing four penalties and a red card.

Third-placed Southampton came within a goal of equalling the record Premier League win as they crushed Sunderland 8-0 with Graziano Pelle scoring twice for the Saints who were helped by two own goals, including a bizarre one from Santiago Vergini.

Manchester United's 9-0 thumping of Ipswich Town remains the biggest victory in the Premier League era.

The All Whites captain Winston Reid's West Ham United moved into the top four thanks to a 3-1 win at struggling Burnley but Arsenal's season is still awaiting lift-off as they were held to a fifth draw from their opening eight league games in a 2-2 thriller with Hull City.

Danny Welbeck's stoppage time goal at The Emirates salvaged a point for Arsenal who are already 11 points behind Chelsea.