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PL Saturday Review: Chelsea extends lead at the top as Lukaku continues his incredible scoring run


The match week 26 continued yesterday with six interesting matches played which produced 14 goals.

The best viewing was at Stamford Bridge as four Spaniards scored in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Swansea City. Fabregas put Chelsea in front from a Pedro cutback before Llorente scored a header from Sigurdsson’s inswinging cross to grab the equaliser with arguably the last kick of the first half. Pedro Rodriguez scored a second from a Fabregas assist before Diego Costa added a gloss to the scoreline with a third from Hazard’s delicious cutback. That was Diego Costa’s 16th PL goal of the season.

The win extended Chelsea lead at the top to 11 points with twelve games left to be played.

Everton continued their push for European competition as they beat relegation threatening Sunderland at the Goodison Park. The Merseysiders scored first from a rare goal from Iddrisa Gueye Gana, his first PL goal in the first half before Romelu Lukaku scored his 17th Premier League goal of the season with the 2nd after Jermaine Defoe had hit the upright for the Black Cats. The goal means Lukaku levels with Alexis Sanchez in the goal king race with 17 and Lukaku 5 goals in his last 3 PL games for the Toffees.

Hull City shared the spoils with Burnley as they drew 1-1 at the KC stadium. The Tigers scored first from the spot through Tom Huddlestone as Michael Keane was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box  before Keane atoned for his error with a goal at the other end to give the Clarets their second point in as many PL away games.

Crystal Palace avoided another defeat at the Selhurst Park with a 1-0 win over strugglers, Middlesbrough. Aitor Karanka’s men knew they must get something from their travel but it was former Chelsea and Sunderland player, Patrick Van Aanholt who scored a deft goal to give the East London club  a win in 7 PL games. The win means Crystal Palace moves out of the relegation zone, pushing champions, Leicester City into the zone before they play Liverpool on Monday.

WestBromich Albion won 2-1 against AFC Bournemouth at the Hawthorns after conceeding an early penalty after Nyom fouled  Josh King in the box. King stepped up and dispatched with aplomb to give Bournemouth a lead. But their lead didn’t last for long as Craig Dawson scored the equaliser with an aid of a deflection before Gareth McAuley continued his fine scoring form with the 2nd which turned out to be the match winner. The win ensures WestBrom moves to 8th on the league log.

The final game of Saturday, saw Watford host WestHam United at the Vicarage Road with both sides sharing the spoils.

Troy Deeney put the home side ahead from the spot after Kouyate fouled former Hammer, Mauro Zarate in the box. Watford pushed for a second but was pegged back as substitute Andre Ayew scored in the 73rd minute to give WestHam United a point away from home. They host Chelsea in their next league game at the London stadium.

Michail Antonio saw red for WestHam as he was given two yellow cards for various foul committed meaning he won’t be available for the Chelsea game.

The Matchday continues today with Tottenham Hotspurs hosting Stoke City at the White Hart Lane at 13:30GMT.

Liverpool complete the matchweek as they travel to the King Power Stadium to face champions Leicester City who are struggling to avoid the drop.

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