Chelsea showed plenty of character against a very confident Stoke team, in doing so they stayed at the top off the premiership with a record equalling 13 consecutive wins in a single season. In a tough test of their title credentials, stoke twice came from behind to level the game with goals from Indi and Crouch after Cahill and Willian had given Chelsea the lead. Only goals from Costa and Willian, his second of the match in the final quarter gave them a 4-2 victory and top spot going into 2017.
The big game of the day was at Anfield were 2nd place Liverpool entertained 3rd placed Manchester city. With Sergio Aguero returning from a four match ban, city fielded what many consider to be Gaurdiola’s strongest team, but even that wasn’t strong enough to take the points. After an 8th minute goal by Georginio Wijnaldum gave Liverpool the win, City now find themselves 4 points behind Liverpool and 10 points behind leaders Chelsea
With both Arsenal and Tottenham playing today, it took two very late goals from Anthony Martial (85) and Paul Pogba (88) for Manchester United to take all three points and keep in touching distance of the top four. Middlesbrough had taken the lead in the 67th minute Grant Leadbitter hammered a low shot past De Gea to score his first premiership goal since March 2009 and looked like giving Middlesbrough the shock win.
Elsewhere, Bournemouth kept up the pressure on an managerless Swansea team, beating them 0-3 and keeping them rock bottom of the premiership with goals by Afobe, Fraser and King. A 20 min goal by Islam Slimani gave Leicester a 1-0 win over West Ham and took them 6 points clear of the relegation places. While West Bromwich jumped above Southampton beating them 1-2 at the Dell with goals from Philips and Robson- Kanu after Long had given Southampton the lead in the 41st minute. Finally, Andre Gray bagged in a hat trick on the way to helping Burnley to a 4-1 win at home to Swansea. A Barnes penalty netted the fourth with Defoe scoring Swansea’s consolation goal.