We are now 24 games into the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season and the title race is beginning to really heat up.
Branislav Ivanovic rifled home with his left foot in the 32nd minute as the Blues joined second-placed City on 53 points, two behind Arsenal who returned to the summit after a week out of pole position.
Further behind the top three sits Liverpool on 47 points after their 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns while Merseyside rivals Everton are two in arrears of the Reds in fifth courtesy of a 2-1 home victory over Aston Villa.
Tottenham dropped to sixth following their 1-1 draw at Hull City while seventh-placed Manchester United lost for the third time in their past five outings when a Charlie Adam brace allowed Stoke City to get the better of them with a 2-1 result at the Britannia Stadium.
Sunderland saluted 3-0 in a third-straight Tyne-Wear derby win over Newcastle United, producing their second scoreline of the like in successive St James’ Park fixtures, with Fabio Borini and Adam Johnson again on target against the Magpies.
Kevin Nolan netted two goals, both provided by Andy Carroll who was later controversially sent off, as West Ham United produced a 2-0 triumph over Swansea City, Craig Bellamy ended a 13-month scoring drought to help Cardiff City to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Norwich City and Southampton heaped more misery on bottom-placed Fulham by beating them 3-0 at Craven Cottage to inflict a fourth consecutive loss on the southwest Londoners.
2013/14 Barclays Premier League season scores
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