Chelsea clips Palace to rise to 2nd place

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    LONDON. — Chelsea notched a sixth successive Premier League win as they beat Crystal Palace 2-0, while Leicester City beat Arsenal 2-0 to move into second place on Saturday.

    Stuttering Tottenham Hotspur’s winless run continued as it was held to a draw at home to Sheffield United, leaving last year’s Champions League runner-up languishing in 12th place.

    Pacesetting Liverpool take on defending champion Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday in the biggest game of the season so far.

    At Turf Moor, Burnley crushed West Ham United 3-0 to pile the pressure on Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini, but Everton’s Marco Silva finally found some cheer as his side won 2-1 at Southampton.

    Newcastle United claimed a second successive win as it beat Bournemouth 2-1 to climb into mid-table.

    After its breathless midweek 4-4 home draw with Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side enjoyed a rather more straightforward day against Palace.

    Chelsea labored in the first half against a rugged Palace side, but Tammy Abraham put the squad ahead after the break with his 10th goal of the season before Christian Pulisic sealed victory with his fifth goal in three league games.

    The return of midfield shield N’Golo Kante helped Chelsea keep their third clean sheet of the season and move above champions Manchester City, who face a seismic clash away at league leaders Liverpool on Sunday.

    Lampard fielded the club’s youngest-ever Premier League line-up at kickoff, giving 19-year-old defender Reece James his first league start, and his trust in youth is paying off. – Reuters