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Manchester City go level on points with Chelsea at Premier League summit

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Manchester City moved level on points with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table after an emphatic 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium in Saturday's early kick-off.

Two goals from David Silva and one from Yaya Toure - each in the second half - condemned the Eagles to defeat and heaped pressure on Jose Mourinho's side who take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Monday evening.

The reigning champions have now recorded eight wins on the spin in all competitions, and are behind the Blues on goal difference having closed the nine point gap between them just six games ago.

Elsewhere, Southampton ended a barren run of five consecutive defeats in all competitions by recording a surprise 3-0 victory over Everton at St Mary's. A Romelu Lukaku own goal gave the hosts a slender half-time lead before Graziano Pelle and Maya Yoshida confirmed all three points for Ronald Koeman's side.

Meanwhile, Manchester United - who were on an impressive run of six wins in a row - were held to a 1-1 draw against ten-man Aston Villa at Villa Park. Christian Benteke gave the hosts the lead with a brilliant goal after 18 minutes before Radamel Falcao restored parity with a well-taken header early in the second half.

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Gabriel Agbonlahor was shown a straight red card for a nasty challenge on Ashley Young, but Louis van Gaal's side were unable to take advantage and remain seven points behind joint leaders Chelsea and Manchester City.

Three first-half goals at White Hart Lane handed Tottenham a much-needed 2-1 victory over Burnley after Harry Kane and Erik Lamela scored either side of a fantastic 25-yard strike from Ashley Barnes.

It was Lamela's first Premier League goal since joining Spurs from AS Roma in a £30 million deal, and earned Mauricio Pochettino's side a valuable three points.

West Ham United also maintained their impressive form with a comfortable 2-0 win over Leicester City, thanks to goals from Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing at Upton Park.

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Defeat for Nigel Pearson's side means they have now gone 12 games without a win, and recorded their seventh successive away defeat, heaping further pressure on the Foxes boss.

At Loftus Road, a Charlie Austin hat-trick helped Queens Park Rangers secure a 3-2 victory over West Bromwich Albion, leaving Alan Irvine scratching his head after watching the Baggies surrender a two-goal advantage following early strikes from Joleon Lescott and Silvestre Varela.

The win lifts QPR out of the bottom three and they now move onto 17 points from the same number of games played. And, last but not least, Hull City's search for a win continues after they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Swansea at the KC Stadium.

Ki's first-half strike was enough to give Garry Monk's side all three points, leaving the Tigers precariously placed second-bottom in the Premier League table and even more worryingly ten games without victory, while the Swans move up to eighth on 25 points.

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