EPL Update: Chelsea Move Five Points Clear at the Top

Swansea 0-5 Chelsea

Chelsea whitewashed a helpless Swansea City with goals to extend their lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League to 5 points on Saturday.

Both Oscar and Diego Costa had contributed a brace apiece to help the visitors go into the half time break four goals up.

Jose Mourinho’s men were 1-0 up in just 50 seconds courtesy of Oscar’s 18-yard strike and Costa converted twice to place the Londoners in firm control. Costa has now scored 17 times this season.

Costa Scores His First Goal Against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. Image: Getty.
Costa Scores His First Goal Against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. Image: Getty.

Oscar completed his brace moments later and then Andre Schurrle completed the rout in the second half.

It is the second time the Welsh outfit have conceded five times in the Premier league after suffering the same outcome against Liverpool in February 2013.

Chelsea’s lead could be narrowed tomorrow when Arsenal visit champions City.

QPR 0-2 Man United

Substitutes Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson both scored to help Manchester United climb up to third on the standings.

Colombian striker Radamel Falcao had United’s best opening of the first half, which was dominated by the ‘Rs’, but his rebounding effort was blocked by Robert Green after the goalkeeper kept his initial drive away.

David De Gea pulled off a brilliant one-handed save to deny Charlie Austin’s blasted shot.

United reverted to 4-4-2 formation after the introduction of Fellaini and Wilson, and it translated to goals for few minutes later.

The Belgian teed up with Antonio Valencia in the 57th minute to lash in his volley from inside the box and Wilson buried home a rebound of his own shot off Green in injury-time.

Marouane Fellaini Celebrates His Goal Against QPR With Team-mates. Image: Getty.
Marouane Fellaini Celebrates His Goal Against QPR With Team-mates. Image: Getty.

Southampton need win Newcastle in Saturday’s evening kickoff to leapfrog United.

Spurs 2-1 Sunderland

Christian Eriksen left it late as his goal against Sunderland keeps Tottenham Hotspur’s top four hopes alive at White Hart Lane.

Jan Vertonghen’s defected shot gave Spurs an early lead but Sunderland drew level through Sebastian Larsson’s free-kick after Defoe, who was making his debut since signing from Toronto FC, was brought down on the edge of the area.

Seb Larsson Scores His 11th Premier League Direct Free-Kick Against Spurs. Image: Getty.
Seb Larsson Scores His 11th Premier League Direct Free-Kick Against Spurs. Image: Getty.

The Whites’ Harry Kane’s shot came off the woodwork, but Eriksen struck with two minutes to go from Andros Townsend’s square pass.

Defoe has now failed to score on his debut for any of his club, while Spurs have now won ten points with goals scored in the 88th minute or later this season.

Burnley 2-3 Palace

Leicester 0-1 Stoke

Villa 0-2 Liverpool

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