Chelsea defeat Stoke to secure record equalling 13th successive Premier League win


Chelsea have equalled Arsenal’s record of 13 consecutive Premier League victories that they set in 2002, with a fine four goals to two triumph over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge.

Gary Cahill headed the Blues in front just after the half hour mark only for Potters defender Bruno Martins Indi to equalise with the season’s fastest second-half goal just 54 seconds after the resumption.


Willian restored Chelsea’s advantage on 57 minutes only for Peter Crouch to level matters on 64 minutes. However, Willian’s second just ninety seconds later and an 85th minute strike from the returning Diego Costa sealed the victory for the Blues.

Two late goals from Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba gave Man United a 2-1 triumph over Middlesbrough at Old Trafford. Grant Leadbitter gave the visitors a shock lead mid-way through the 2nd half, but Martial on 85 minutes and Pogba a minute later gave Jose Mourihno’s charges all three points as they retain their position in sixth place, nine points clear of seventh placed Everton.

Elsewhere champions Leicester returned to winning way with a 1-0 win at home to West Ham, as Slimani scored the game’s only goal to take last year’s Premier League Champions six points clear of the drop zone as they moved up to fifteenth in the table.

Swansea’s troubles continued at the Liberty Stadium as the bottom side were trounced 3-0 at home to Bournemouth as goals from Afobe, Fraser, and King earned Eddie Howe’s side victory.

Southampton suffered their second successive home defeat going down 2-1 to West Brom at Saint Mary’s with Matt Phillips and Robson-kanu netting for the Baggies, while Republic of Ireland international Shane Long scored for the Saints who had Van Djik sent-off late on.

There’s increasing pressure on Sunderland boss David Moyes after they lost 4-1 away to Burnley, with Andre Gray scoring a hat-trick for the Turf Moor side, and Ashley Barnes also on target for the victors. Jermaine Defoe got Sunderland’s consolation goal