Week 18: Pedro brace helps Chelsea thrash Bournemouth, Liverpool come from behind to beat Stoke

Chelsea will end 2016 top of the Premier League as the Antonio Conte’s side made it a club record 12 wins in a row with a comfortable 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

Pedro opened the scoring on 24 minutes with a curling effort into the top corner from inside the box and Eden Hazard doubled Chelsea’s lead four minutes into the second half as he made no mistake from the penalty spot sending Artur Boruc the wrong way.

Pedro's double helped Chelsea to a club record 12th win on the bounce image: chelseafc.co.uk

Pedro’s double helped Chelsea to a club record 12th win on the bounce
image: chelseafc.co.uk

Spanish winger Pedro grabbed his second of the game in injury time to ensure all three points were Chelsea’s as his stroke deflected in off defender Steve Cook and into the back of the net.

Liverpool kept within six points off leaders Chelsea but Jurgen Klopp’s side did have to come from a goal down to thrash Stoke 4-1 to maintain second place in the table.

Jonathan Walters headed in from Erik Pieters cross to give the Potters a surprise lead after just 12 minutes but Adam Lallana grabbed an equaliser for Liverpool on 34 minutes from a tight angle.

Roberto Firmino gave the Reds a 2-1 lead just before half-time as his low strike hit both posts before crossing the line and Giannelli Imbula turned Divock Origi’s cross into his own net on the hour mark to gift Liverpool a two-goal cushion.

Daniel Sturridge also got on the score sheet for the first time this season on 70 minutes, as he took advantage of Ryan Shawcross’ error and rounded the goalkeeper, before rolling the ball into an empty net.

There was also victory for Man City as they kept hold of third place, a point behind Liverpool although Pep Guardiola’s side were made to fight for a 3-0 win at relegation threatened Hull.

It took 72 minutes for Man City to break down Hull when Yaya Toure blasted home from the penalty spot and Kelechi Iheanacho made it 2-0 six minutes later with a tap in from David Silva’s low cross.

It was not a vintage performance from Man City but they did manage to grab a third goal in injury time, when Curtis Davies turned Raheem Sterling’s cross past his own goalkeeper.

Arsenal remain nine points behind leaders Chelsea in a familiar fourth place in the table as Olivier Giroud’s late header gave the Gunners all three points in a 1-0 win over a stubborn West Brom side.

Tottenham are keeping the pressure on Arsenal as Mauricio Pochettino’s side had to come from a goal down to beat his former club Southampton 4-1 to keep to just one point behind their North London rivals.

Vigil van Dijk headed in from James Ward-Prowse’s free kick to give the Saints the lead after just two minutes, but Dele Alli levelled things up on 19 minutes as he headed in from Moussa Sissoko’s deflected cross.

Harry Kane headed in Christian Eriksen’s corner kick to give Spurs a 2-1 lead on 52 minutes but he had one to forget moments later when he blasted his penalty way over the bar after Nathan Redmond was sent off for Claude Puel’s side.

Son Heung-min’s low strike in at the far post made sure all three points were Tottenham’s on 85 minutes, while Alli made it 4-1 with his second of the game as he slotted under Fraser Forster from close range.

Man United also kept their good form going as Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on the score sheet yet again as it was unhappy return to Old Trafford for David Moyes who saw his Sunderland side fall to a 3-1 defeat.

Daley Blind opened the scoring six minutes before half-time as he struck the ball into the far corner from inside the area and Ibrahimovic went from provider to goalscorer on 82 minutes with a calm finish from close range.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a wonderful back heeled volley from 12 yards to seal a fourth win in a row for Man United, while Fabio Borini grabbed a late consolation for the Black Cats in injury time with a brilliant left-footed volley.

Elsewhere, champions Leicester’s woes continued with a 2-0 home defeat to Everton, while Bob Bradley managed his last game for Swansea after a 4-1 thrashing by West Ham.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan's scorpion kick helped Man Utd to a fourth win in a row image: telegraph.co.uk

Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s scorpion kick helped Man Utd to a fourth win in a row
image: telegraph.co.uk

Monday 26 Dec

Watford 1-1 Crystal Palace (Deeney pen 71 | Cabaye 26)
Arsenal 1-0 West Brom (Giroud 86)
Burnley 1-0 Middlesbrough (Gray 80)
Chelsea 3-0 Bournemouth (Pedro 24, 90, Hazard pen 49)
Leicester 0-2 Everton (Mirallas 51, Lukaku 90)
Man United 3-1 Sunderland (Blind 39, Ibrahimovic 82, Mkhitaryan 86 | Borini 90)
Swansea 1-4 West Ham (Llorente 89 | Ayew 13, Reid 50, Antonio 78, Carroll 90)
Hull 0-3 Man City (Toure pen 72, Iheanacho 78, Davies o/g 90)

Tuesday 27 Dec

Liverpool 4-1 Stoke (Lallana 34, Firmino 44, Imbula o/g 59, Sturridge 70 | Walters 12)

Wednesday 28 Dec

Southampton 1-4 Tottenham (van Dijk 2, Redmond s/o 57 | Alli 19, 87, Kane 52, Heung-min 85)

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