Chelsea win big as Manchester United falter

Saturday was a busy day for Premier League teams, with seven games happening and some big results at both ends of the table.

Reigning champions Chelsea recorded a 5-0 win over an injury-hit Stoke at Stamford Bridge. Blues boss Antonio Conte decided to rest star winger Eden Hazard.

The decision made very little difference to the outcome of the game, as the Blues bossed the game throughout. Goals from Antonio Rudiger, Willian, Pedro, Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta helped the Blues to a comfortable win.

The victory was enough to move Conte’s side up to second in the Premier League table. Manchester United, who hosted Southampton in the late kick-off, could have overtaken the Blues.

However, the struggling Saints held the Red Devils to a goalless draw. The main talking point of the match was United’s star striker Romelu Lukaku picking up a concerning head injury after a clash of heads with Saints defender Wesley Hoedt.

The draw means that Jose Mourinho’s team have now drawn their last three Premier League games. The Red Devils have struggled for cutting edge in recent games and the loss of Lukaku for any period of time could add to their problems.

Elsewhere, Liverpool kept their good run of form going by recording a 2-1 win over Leicester at Anfield. The visitors took the lead early on through a Jamie Vardy effort.

However, two second-half goals from the Reds top scorer Mohamed Salah saw Jurgen Klopp’s side pick up the three points.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, struggling Bournemouth moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 victory over Everton at the Vitality Stadium.

Winger Ryan Fraser gave the Cherries a first-half lead before Idrissa Gueye equalised for the visitors. However, with just a minute left on the clock, Fraser popped up to score the winning goal and move Eddie Howe’s side up to 14th place in the table.

Other Premier League results:

Huddersfield 0-0 Burnley

Newcastle 0-0 Brighton

Watford 1-2 Swansea

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