Chelsea win to stay top as City, United enjoy victories

Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:03pm EST
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By Mike Collett

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea beat West Bromwich Albion to stay top of the Premier League on Saturday while champions Manchester City kept the leaders in their sights and Manchester United demonstrated they are not out of the title race yet.

Chelsea played some dazzling soccer to easily beat West Brom 2-0 at Stamford Bridge with goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard to stretch their unbeaten start to the season to 18 matches in all competitions.

City came from behind to defeat Swansea City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium with Yaya Toure scoring the winner, while United, who have struggled since Louis van Gaal took over, won 2-1 at Arsenal to climb to fourth with their first away win under the Dutch coach.

Arsenal, who have not finished outside the top four since 1996, slipped to eighth on 17 points -- their lowest tally after 12 matches for 32 years.

Chelsea lead the table with 32 points from 12 games, followed by Southampton, who have 25 from 11 and play at Aston Villa on Monday.

City have 24 points and United have 19, ahead of Newcastle United on goal difference. Newcastle, who are fifth, continued their rise up the table with a 1-0 win over bottom-placed Queens Park Rangers.

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Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (R) celebrates an own goal by Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs during their English Premier League soccer match at the Emirates Stadium in London November 22, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville