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Sunday 20 August 2017

Hazard strikes as Blues stay ahead of the pack

United and Liverpool keep up the chase in battle for top four finish

Chelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game
Chelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game

Jose Mourinho's smile just gets wider and wider.

After nailing down the first trophy of the season against Spurs at Wembley on Sunday, Chelsea's ever more convincing march on the title continued with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Upton Park.

But while Manchester City managed to regroup after recent defeats with a win over Leicester City at the Etihad, the real battle in the Premier League is now firmly among those still harbouring Champions League qualification ambitions.

Liverpool dealt comfortably with Burnley at Anfield and maintained a seriously hot streak of form which has seen their odds of making the Champions League plummet in the last few weeks.

But if they were hoping for a slip from either Manchester United or Spurs, they didn't get their wish last night, with Louis van Gaal steering his team to a lucky 1-0 win over Newcastle at St James Park.

Spurs bounced back from their League Cup defeat by Chelsea to beat Swansea 3-2 at White Hart Lane.

Arsenal still hold third position after beating QPR 2-1 but just three points cover Manchester United, Southampton and Liverpool, all in hot pursuit.

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