Premier League: Chelsea held but wins for Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool

Chelsea are seven points clear at the top of the Premier League, despite being held to a 0-0 draw by Sunderland on Saturday.

Adam Johnson spurned a late chance for the hosts at the Stadium of Light, but Jose Mourinho’s men still have a comfortable lead over nearest rivals Southampton, who face third-placed Manchester City on Sunday.

Manchester United remain in fourth place in the Premier League after a comfortable 3-0 win over Hull at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Goals from Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney gave the hosts a commanding lead at the break and Robin van Persie added a third in the second-half as United picked up a third successive victory.

Earlier in the day, Arsenal had kept the pressure on their top four rivals with a 1-0 win in the lunchtime kick-off at West Brom.

Danny Welbeck’s header secured the three points for Arsene Wenger’s men, while West Brom stay dangerously close to the drop-zone.
West Ham moved into fifth place after Aaron Cresswell sealed a 1-0 win over Newcastle at Upton Park.

The full-back scored his first goal for the club against the Magpies, who ended a run of six straight victories.

Liverpool were also celebrating a 1-0 win at home to Stoke after Glen Johnson’s late header brought some welcome relief to manager Brendan Rodgers.

Burnley’s decent form continued with a 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa, but the Clarets were grateful to an 87th-minute penalty from Danny Ings after Joe Cole had opened the scoring at Turf Moor.

QPR lifted themselves off the bottom of the table after a thrilling 3-2 win over fellow strugglers Leicester.

Esteban Cambiasso opened the scoring for Leicester at Loftus Road, but the hosts hit back through Wes Morgan’s own goal and a Leroy Fer strike.

Jeffrey Schlupp equalised for the Foxes, but Charlie Austin snatched the points for the R’s with a close-range header.

Crystal Palace edged away from the drop-zone with a 1-1 draw at Swansea as Mile Jedinak’s penalty cancelled out Wilfried Bony’s opener.

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