Chelsea claim sixth straight win but Tottenham stuck in a rut


Chelsea laboured in the first half against a rugged Palace side, but Tammy Abraham put them 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.

Tammy Abraham opens the scoring for the London side.Credit:Getty

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

“I am proud of the squad that we have got, but I also realise it’s still a snapshot in what is the big picture which is the long-term future here,” he said.

“We have got so much improvement to do because the gap was too big last year between us and the top two, and we want to try and close that.”

The mood could not be more different across London at Tottenham and West Ham.

Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates a goal but his side could still only manage a draw.

Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates a goal but his side could still only manage a draw.Credit:Getty

Tottenham were given a fortuitous lead after half-time by Son Heung-min, but George Baldock’s equaliser earned Sheffield United a 1-1 and extended their unbeaten run to five league games.

It was no more than United deserved after they had a David McGoldrick goal ruled out for a fractional offside after a VAR check that took almost four minutes to complete.

While Sheffield United sit proudly in the top six, Tottenham – Champions League finalists in June – are stuck in 12th spot, without a league win since September.

“The reality is that for different reasons we are not showing the performances that we expect,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said after the match.

West Ham’s early season form is a fading memory, meanwhile, and they have picked up one point from the last 15 on offer.

Burnley's Kiwi international Chris Wood converts for his side at Turf Moor.

Burnley’s Kiwi international Chris Wood converts for his side at Turf Moor.Credit:Getty

Burnley had lost their previous three games but dominated on Saturday after Ashley Barnes poked home in the 11th minute.

The hosts were denied a second in the 36th minute when Chris Wood’s header was ruled out by VAR, but Wood did make it 2-0 after a mistake by defender Fabian Balbuena.

Richarlison of Everton celebrates after scoring his side's second goal against Southampton.

Richarlison of Everton celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal against Southampton.Credit:Getty

West Ham’s misery was complete when keeper Roberto Jimenez punched Ashley Westwood’s corner into his own net.

“When you concede so many easy goals it does not help. I am concerned at the easy goals we are conceding,” Pellegrini, whose side have careered down the table, said.

Goals by Tom Davies and Richarlison gave Everton their first away win of the season to leave Southampton stuck in the bottom three. Newcastle trailed at home to Bournemouth but goals by DeAndre Yedlin and Ciaran Clarke sealed a 2-1 win.

Leicester City were hosting Arsenal in the late kick-off.

More to come

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