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Saturday 14 December 2013

Saturday review: Chasing pack close in on Arsenal

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Chelsea moved to within two points of Arsenal at the top of the Barclays Premier League with a home victory over Crystal Palace and the Gunners' earlier 6-3 reverse at third-placed Manchester City, while Everton moved into the top four after scoring four past Fulham.

Jose Mourinho's side moved up to second in the Barclays Premier League thanks to a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho had backed his strikers ahead of Saturday's game and Fernando Torres responded by scoring his first goal since October to put Chelsea in front. In-form Palace striker Marouane Chamakh scored his third goal in as many games to equalise, but Ramires notched his first Barclays Premier League goal of the season with a fine strike to restore Chelsea's advantage before half-time.

Manchester City are just a point further back after their 6-3 victory over Arsenal in a thrilling and open encounter at the Etihad Stadium. Sergio Aguero opened the scoring for City, volleying home from a corner, only for the returning Theo Walcott to level midway through the first half. Alvaro Negredo turned in Pablo Zabaleta's cross to put the hosts back in front and City looked to have made the game safe when Fernandinho scored his first goal for the club early in the second half.

Walcott curled home a second as Arsenal rallied, yet David Silva converted Jesus Navas' cross to make it 4-2 and Fernandinho struck again in the 88th minute. An injury-time header from Per Mertesacker provided little consolation for the visitors, particularly as there was still time for Yaya Toure to add City's sixth from the penalty spot.

Rene Meulensteen's first away game in charge of Fulham ended in a heavy 4-1 defeat at Everton as Roberto Martinez's side moved into the top four. Meulensteen's men equalised Leon Osman's early opener with a Dimitar Berbatov penalty midway through the second period. But the Londoners were level for just six minutes as Seamus Coleman put the hosts back ahead after 73 minutes, before Gareth Barry and substitute Kevin Mirallas put gloss on the scoreline with late goals. 

Southampton claimed their first Barclays Premier League point at St James' Park since 2001 with a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United. Jay Rodriguez's seventh goal in all competitions this season cancelled out a first-half opener from Yoan Gouffran, the Frenchman's fourth strike in his last four home matches.

Cardiff City snapped a five-match winless streak with a hard-fought 1-0 success over West Bromwich Albion as Peter Whittingham met Craig Noone's cross with a fine header.

In the remaining matches West Ham United were held to a goalless stalemate by bottom side Sunderland, while Stoke City also shared a 0-0 draw at Hull City.

With Matchday Live you can read full match reports, manager reactions and watch the post-match press conferences. Click on the links below.

Saturday 14 December

FT Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal  |  #MCIARS  |  Matchday Live >>

FT Cardiff City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion  |  #CARWBA  |  Matchday Live >>

FT Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace  |  #CHECRY  |  Matchday Live >>

FT Everton 4-1 Fulham  |  #EVEFUL  |  Matchday Live >>

FT Newcastle United 1-1 Southampton  |  #NEWSOU  |  Matchday Live >>

FT West Ham United 0-0 Sunderland  |  #WHUSUN  |  Matchday Live >>

FT Hull City 0-0 Stoke City  |  #HULSTK  |  Matchday Live >>

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Sunday 15 December

1.30pm Aston Villa v Manchester United  |  #AVLMUN  |  Matchday Live >>

For the latest team news, Paul Lambert's and David Moyes's press conferences click on the link above.

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1.30pm Norwich City v Swansea City  |  #NORSWA  |  Matchday Live >>

For the latest team news and Chris Hughton's press conference click on the link above. (No Swansea press conference).

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4pm Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool  | #TOTLIV  |  Matchday live >>

For the latest team news, Andre Villas-Boas's and Brendan Rodgers's press conferences click on the link above.

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Key Points

  • Chelsea move up to second place, two points behind Arsenal, following 2-1 win over Crystal Palace
  • Man City lie a point back following 6-3 rout of Gunners, while Everton up to third after 4-1 defeat of Fulham
  • Read match reports, manager reactions and watch manager press conferences