Manchester City hold Chelsea
LONDON, England (AP):
There was stalemate at the summit meeting between Chelsea and Manchester City yesterday as the Premier League front-runners drew 1-1.
Although Chelsea dropped points for the first time at home this season, the leaders' defensive-minded approach in the second half suggested they were satisfied with the draw. It preserved the five-point lead over the defending champions.
Although Chelsea were without suspended striker Diego Costa, Loic Remy initially filled the void by giving the hosts the lead in the 41st minute after latching on to Eden Hazard's volley across the face of goal.
A City counter-attack before half-time led to the leveller, with David Silva completing the move by turning in Sergio Aguero's shot. Although City avoided defeat, it is now three games without a win in the league.
Neighbours Man United are only five points behind now in third place after Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao rediscovered their scoring touch in a 3-1 win over Leicester.
Van Persie put United ahead in the 27th minute with his first goal since December 26 and Falcao netted only the fourth goal of his loan spell from Monaco five minutes later.
The victory was wrapped up before half-time through Wes Morgan's own goal. Marcin Wasilewski scored a consolation goal in the second half for Leicester, which stayed bottom.
Unlike the more illustrious striking duo of Falcao and Van Persie, 21-year-old Tottenham forward Harry Kane has been a scoring revelation this season.
In a 3-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion, Kane took his season's tally to 20 with a double - one from the penalty spot at the Hawthorns - after Christian Eriksen opened the scoring with a trademark free kick.
Liverpool were relieved to see their star striker, Daniel Sturridge, make an instant impact on his return from five months out with thigh and calf injuries.
Within 12 minutes of coming off the bench, Sturridge completed a 2-0 victory over West Ham that took Liverpool above the London club into seventh place.
Just like Raheem Sterling's opener, Sturridge was also set up by Philippe Coutinho.
At Sunderland, there was a first goal for the northeast club from Jermain Defore, who joined from Toronto earlier this month. Connor Wickham had headed in the opener as Sunderland beat Burnley 2-0 for only its second home win of the campaign.
Queens Park Rangers have failed to collect a single point on the road this season, with Jonathan Walters scoring a hat trick as Stoke beat the relegation-threatened team 3-1.