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Sunday 17 December 2017

Southampton continue their rise to the summit

SOUTHAMPTON, 8-0 winners over Sunderland last weekend, climbed to second place in the Premier League table - just three points behind Chelsea - with a 1-0 win over Stoke at St Mary's Stadium.

Sadio Mane (right) tucked in the rebound after Graziano Pelle's strike had hit the woodwork and it was enough to give Ronald Koeman's men seven wins in eight games in all competitions, the only blip coming at Tottenham earlier this month.

West Brom came from two goals down at half-time to draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace after Saido Berahino's stoppage-time equaliser from the penalty spot.

Brede Hangeland and Mile Jedinak's penalty put the Eagles in front, but Victor Anichebe pulled a goal back and visiting goalkeeper Julian Speroni went off with a head knock. The delay to treat Speroni resulted in six minutes of stoppage time and Berahino converted from the spot after Anichebe had been fouled by Jedinak.

At the Liberty Stadium, Wilfried Bony scored both goals as Swansea saw off Leicester 2-0 - ending a run of five games without a win to climb into the top six.

Bony managed 16 goals in his first season in English football but endured a slow start this time around following a summer where he played for Ivory Coast at the World Cup and had to put up with constant speculation over his future.

But the 25-year-old has been back to his best in recent weeks and he ensured the Foxes would get nothing from their visit to south Wales by making it four goals in three games with one in each half on Saturday evening.

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