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PREMIER LEAGUE WRAP: Chelsea roll along, Southampton keep up pressure as Swansea down Arsenal

Chelsea have maintained their four-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League table courtesy of a 2-1 win over Liverpool this weekend.

Jose Mourinho's Blues conceded first at Anfield but recovered to record their ninth victory of the campaign which has them sitting on 29 points, four ahead of second-placed Southampton.

Summer signing Emre Can opened his Premier League account for the Reds in the ninth minute before Gary Cahill responded five minutes later prior to Diego Costa's 10th goal of the season with just over 20 minutes remaining.

The triumph saw Chelsea continue their brilliant beginning to the season but the negative result for Brendan Rodgers saw his side drop to 11th following their second loss in as many matches.

Ronald Koeman's amazing start at Southampton became even more remarkable when they beat Leicester City 2-0 at St Mary's Stadium which was their fourth success on the trot.

Shane Long, who was purchased from Hull City in the summer, scored his first league goals for the Saints when netting in the 75th and 80th minute to secure an eighth win of the term.

Reigning champions Manchester City dropped slightly off the pace after their 2-2 draw at QPR and had the competition's leading scorer Sergio Aguero to thank for avoiding an embarrassing defeat.

Charlie Austin struck for the sixth time this season when scoring in the 21st minute before Aguero replied just over ten minutes later prior to an own-goal from Martin Demichelis in the 76th minute.

But Argentine ace Aguero netted his 12th of the term on 83 minutes to allow City to grab a share of the points which has them sitting third, eight points behind Chelsea, while the R's remained second bottom.

In the remaining Saturday matches, Burnley recorded their first win of the season when beating Hull City 1-0 at home thanks to Ashley Barnes' 50th minute goal, Juan Mata scored to give Manchester United a narrow 1-0 triumph over Crystal Palace allowing them to move up to seventh and West Ham United and Aston Villa played out a 0-0 draw at Upton Park.

On Sunday, Swansea City caused somewhat of an upset by coming from behind to defeat Arsenal 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

Alexis Sanchez gave the Gunners the advantage when netting his eighth of the campaign in the 63rd minute but Arsene Wenger's suspect defence was again vulnerable as Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bafetimbi Gomis struck within three minutes of each other to send the Swans up to fifth.

At the Stadium of Light, Sunderland and Everton drew 1-1 with Sebastian Larsson and Leighton Baines on the scoresheet for their respective clubs, Stoke City defeated ten-man Tottenham 2-1 at White Hart Lane and Newcastle United made it four wins in a row when getting the better of West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at The Hawthorns.

2014/15 Barclays Premier League - season scores

Liverpool: 1 (Emre Can 9') Chelsea: 2 (Gary Cahill 14', Diego Costa 67') Anfield, Liverpool - 44,698

Burnley: 1 (Ashley Barnes 50') Hull City: 0 Turf Moor, Burnley - 16,998

Manchester United: 1 (Juan Mata 67') Crystal Palace: 0 Old Trafford, Manchester - 75,325

Southampton: 2 (Shane Long 75'/80') Leicester City: 0 St Mary's Stadium, Southampton - 31,297

West Ham United: 0 Aston Villa: 0 Upton Park, London - 34,857

QPR: 2 (Charlie Austin 21', Martin Demichelis (og) 76') Manchester City: 2 (Sergio Aguero 32'/83') Loftus Road, London - 18,005

Sunderland: 1 (Sebastian Larsson 67') Everton: 1 (Leighton Baines (p) 76') Stadium of Light, Sunderland - 43,476

Tottenham: 1 (Nacer Chadli 77', red card: Kyle Naughton 85') Stoke City: 2 (Bojan Krkic 6', Jon Walters 33') White Hart Lane, London - 35,699

West Bromwich Albion: 0 Newcastle United: 2 (Ayoze Perez 45', Fabricio Coloccini 62') The Hawthorns, West Bromwich - 26,476

Swansea City: 2 (Gylfi Sigurdsson 75', Bafetimbi Gomis 78') Arsenal: 1 (Alexis Sanchez 63') Liberty Stadium, Swansea - 20,812

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