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Premier League Roundup: Chelsea Beat Sunderland, United Lose To Norwich

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CHELSEA made the perfect start to life without Jose Mourinho with a 3-1 victory over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.

Branislav Ivanovic lost his marker to head the home side in front from a corner after just five minutes. Pedro, who received boos from the home supporters prior to kick-off, doubled the lead eight minutes later with a smart finish from 12 yards out.

Oscar capped an impressive performance with a second half penalty after Willian was brought down in the box. Fabio Borini immediately pulled a goal back from close range for the away team but it proved not to be enough as the Blues held on for a much needed win.

Leicester remain top of the league after recording a thrilling 3-2 win away at Everton. Riyad Mahrez slotted home a first half penalty, his fifth goal in three games, to give Claudio Ranieri’s side the lead.

However, the Toffees’ own in-form forward, Romelu Lukaku, fired the two sides level five minutes later after Ross Barkley’s shot was blocked.

Mahrez then scored his fourteenth of the season, again from the penalty spot, after Jamie Vardy was brought down by Tim Howard. Shinji Okazaki put the away side further ahead with his third goal of the season.

Kevin Mirallas set up an exciting finish in the 89th minute but the Foxes held on to move five points clear at the top of the table.

Manchester United slumped to their third league defeat in a row with a 2-1 loss at home to Norwich. The Canaries broke the deadlock five minutes before the interval when Cameron Jerome finished off a sweeping counter attack for the visitors.

Alex Neil’s side went further ahead five minutes after half time. Jerome played provider this time, playing in Alex Tettey who finished calmly past David de Gea.

Anthony Martial pulled a goal back for the Red Devils with half an hour to go but the away side held out to heap more pressure on United’s under-fire manager, Louis van Gaal.

Tottenham overtook United to climb into the top four with a comfortable 2-0 victory away at Southampton. Harry Kane slotted past Paolo Gazzaniga to open the scoring on his 100th appearance for the North London club. Dele Alli doubled the lead from close range two minutes later after some good work from Kyle Walker.

Connor Wickham scored his first goal for Crystal Palace as they beat Stoke 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium.

The former Sunderland front man opened the scoring from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time after Glenn Whelan’s clumsy challenge on Wilfried Zaha. The Potters were awarded their own penalty late on after Damien Delaney was judged to have handled in the area – Bojan made no mistake from 12 yards out to draw the teams level.

Palace secured the win through Lee Chung-yong who smashed in from distance in the final minute of the game to move his side up to sixth in the division.

Bournemouth moved five points clear of the relegation places with a hard-fought 2-1 win against nine man West Brom at The Hawthorns.

The Baggies were forced to play the majority of the match a man down after James McClean received a straight for a dangerously high tackle on Adam Smith midway through the first half.

Smith then put the away side deservedly ahead before Gareth Macauley levelled things with a looping header ten minutes from time.

With four minutes to go the referee awarded the away side a penalty after Dan Gosling was brought down on the edge of the box. Charlie Daniels stepped up to fire in off the underside of the crossbar and help his team to all three points. Solomon Rondon was then sent off late on for the hosts on a frustrating day for Tony Pulis’ men. – SkySports

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