EPL Update: Leaders Chelsea Move 7 Points Clear, Hull Out of the Drop

Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea

Chelsea increased their lead at the top of the Premier League table by seven points with victory over Aston Villa.

Eden Hazard placed the Blues ahead when he swept home Willian’s through-pass, eight minutes after kickoff.

Jores Okore headed in Carles Gil’s cross in the third minute of restart to break Villa’s 659-minute long scoring duck and restore parity.

Branislav Ivanovic Celebrates With His Team-Mates after Scoring Chelsea's Winner against Aston Villa. Image: Getty.
Branislav Ivanovic Celebrates With His Team-Mates after Scoring Chelsea’s Winner against Aston Villa. Image: Getty.

It was to be Chelsea’s day and Jose Mourinho’s first league win at Villa Park as Branislav Ivanovic thumped in a wonderful shot from Ceasare Azpilicuerta’s cross to condemn the Villains to another defeat.

The win helped Chelsea surge seven points clear at the top of the standings ahead of second-placed Manchester City, who drew 1-1 at Hull City.

Man City 1-1 Hull

James Milner left it late to salvage a point for Man City against a determined Hull.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead into the break after David Meyler slotted in a rebound of Jake Livermore’s effort which came back off the post.

City rallied after the break and Milner rescued the champions with a fantastic free-kick curled in from 25 yards.

Sergio Aguero watched his half-volley hit the crossbar before Milner drew level. The outcome saw Manuel Pellegrini’s men fall further behind leaders Chelsea, who won at Aston Villa.

The point was enough for Steve Bruce’s side to halt a run of three league defeats and pull out of the drop zone.

Leicester 0-1 Crystal Palace

A Joe Ledley second half strike was all Crystal Palace needed to continue their revival under Alan Pardew at Leicester City.

The midfielder headed past Mark Schwarzer from Brede Hangeland’s headed pass across the face of goal in the 55th minute.

The Eagles have now won three out of their last four league games since Pardew’s return and are unbeaten on the road under the former player.

The result consigns Leicester to the bottom of the table with just a win in their last nine matches.

Swansea 1-1 Sunderland

Ki Sung-yueng’s diving header secured a point for Swansea after Jermaine Defoe’s first half strike.

Ki Sung-Yeung's Diving Header Was Enough to Salvage a Point for Swansea against Sunderland. Image: Getty.
Ki Sung-Yeung’s Diving Header Was Enough to Salvage a Point for Swansea against Sunderland. Image: Getty.

QPR 0-1 Southampton

Sadio Mane scored at the end of injury time to snatch victory for Southampton at Queens Park Rangers (QPR).

The Senegal international midfielder turned in Nedum Onuoha and finished into the top corner to seal all three points in the 93rd minute.

QPR, under academy coach Chris Ramsey following last week’s resignation of Harry Redknapp, remain in the bottom three. The R’s are without a win since 20 December.

Southampton’s Jose Fonte hit the bar in the first half. The Saints also had to help left-back Matt target to hospital with a head injury.

Spurs 2-1 Arsenal

Harry Kane’s heroic handed Tottenham Hotspur their 50th Premier League victory over Arsenal in Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff.

Olivier Giroud deflected Danny Welbeck’s cross for Mesut Ozil to volley home the opener from 6 yards out, but Kane popped up at the back post to tap in a rebound from close range early on in the second half.

The 21-year-old completed Spurs turnaround with an outstanding header.

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

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