Chelsea equalled the record for the most successive wins within a Premier League season after making it 13 on the bounce as they beat Stoke City 4-2 to consolidate their position at the top of the table.
Gary Cahill fired the Blues into the lead at Stamford Bridge inside 34 minutes, rising highest to head in Cesc Fabregas’ corner, but Stoke came firing out of the traps after the break and found an equaliser when Bruno Martins Indi slotted home from close range.
Chelsea were back in front on 57 minutes as Willian fired in after being teed up by Eden Hazard, only for Stoke to equalise for the second time on 64 minutes as Peter Crouch converted Mame Biram Diouf’s pass.
However, the visitors were level for just a minute with Willian grabbing his second of the afternoon, finding the back of the net after a brilliant ball from Fabregas, before Diego Costa made sure of the result with a strike from a tight angle five minutes from time.
Arsenal won 14 consecutive Premier League games, with 13 coming at the end of 2001-02 and the 14th in the first game of 2002-03. Chelsea can equal that record, and beat the record for wins in a row in one season, when they take on Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.
Georginio Wijnaldum’s early goal was enough for Liverpool to secure a 1-0 win over Manchester City to cut Chelsea’s lead at the top down to six points.
The hosts scored with their first attempt in the eighth minute after Pablo Zabaleta allowed Adam Lallana plenty of room to cross into the box, with Wijnaldum rising above Aleksandar Kolarov to head home.
City’s best opportunity to find an equaliser came 10 minutes into the second half when David Silva fired a shot inches wide of the post.
However, Liverpool were in control and saw out the game with few scares around Simon Mignolet’s goal.
Manchester United extended their winning run in the Premier League to five games with a dramatic 2-1 win at home to Middlesbrough.
It was Boro who opened the scoring at Old Trafford, with Grant Leadbitter firing home on 67 minutes from Alvaro Negredo’s knockdown.
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