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PREMIER LEAGUE WRAP SATURDAY: Five-star Chelsea send message, Palace pull Houdini act, Southampton return to third

Seven Barclays Premier League fixtures took place on Saturday with Chelsea further enhancing their status as title favourites.

Jose Mourinho's Blues condemned Garry Monk's Swans to their worst home defeat in two-and-a-half decades by unleashing a 5-0 result at the Liberty Stadium to go five points clear at the top of the table.

First-half braces from Oscar and Diego Costa had Chelsea rocking before Andre Schurrle came off the bench to wrap up proceedings with just over 10 minutes remaining.

The match saw Costa take his tally to 17 to move three goals clear of Sergio Aguero on top of the Golden Boot chart as Cesc Fabregas took his assist count to 15 when proving Costa with the second goal of the match.

The win has Chelsea sitting clear of reigning champions Manchester City, who host Arsenal tomorrow, while ninth-placed Swansea saw a winless run extend to four matches.

Alan Pardew again worked his magic to make it two wins from two outings as Crystal Palace manager after conceding first to mastermind a 3-2 triumph over Burnley at Turf Moor.

The Eagles found themselves two goals in arrears after Ben Mee and Danny Ings had netted inside 17 minutes but the former Newcastle United boss saw Dwight Gayle score either side of the half-time break with Jason Puncheon grabbing an equaliser three minutes into the second half.

The victory lifted Palace to 12th on the standings on the back of a four-game unbeaten run as Burnley teetered above the drop zone after their first loss in four outings.

Liverpool continued their good recent form with a 2-0 result at Aston Villa to move up to seventh spot thanks to goals form Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert as Bojan Krkic gave Stoke City a narrow 1-0 win at Leicester City.

A 58th-minute goal from Marouane Fellaini preceded a season-first effort from teenage striker James Wilson allowing Manchester United to get the better of QPR with a 2-0 win at Loftus Road which kept the Red Devils in fourth spot.

Tottenham required a late winner from Christian Eriksen to defeat Sunderland 2-1 at White Hart Lane in Jermain Defoe's return to north London as a Black Cats player.

Jan Vertonghen gave Spurs an early lead before Seb Larsson responded for Sunderland but the Wearside outfit were unable to deny Eriksen in the 88th minute.

And in the late fixture, January signing Eljero Elia helped himself to a double to give Southampton a 2-1 win at Newcastle United which saw the Saints remain third.

Sunday sees second-placed Man City host sixth-placed Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium which follows West Ham United's home meeting with Hull City prior to Monday night's Goodison Park clash between Everton and West Bromwich Albion.

2014/15 Barclays Premier League - season scores

Aston Villa: 0 Liverpool: 2 (Fabio Borini 24', Rickie Lambert 79') Villa Park, Birmingham - 39,758

Burnley: 2 (Ben Mee 12', Danny Ings 16') Crystal Palace: 3 (Dwight Gayle 28'/87', Jason Puncheon 48') Turf Moor, Burnley - 17,782

Leicester City: 0 Stoke City: 1 (Bojan Krkic 63') King Power Stadium, Leicester - 31,772

QPR: 0 Manchester United: 2 (Marouane Fellaini 58', James Wilson 90+4') Loftus Road, London - 18,098

Swansea City: 0 Chelsea: 5 (Oscar 1'/36', Diego Costa 20'/34', Andre Schurrle 79') Liberty Stadium, Swansea - 20,785

Tottenham: 2 (Jan Vertonghen 3', Christian Eriksen 88') Sunderland: 1 (Sebastian Larsson 31') White Hart Lane, London - 35,973

Newcastle United: 1 (Yoan Gouffran 29') Southampton: 2 (Eljero Elia 14'/62') St James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne - 49,307

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