Hazard, Chelsea Bounce Back to Top Hull City

Eden Hazard of Chelsea (10) celebrates with Oscar and team mates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on December 13, 2014 in London, England. (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Europe)
Eden Hazard of Chelsea (10) celebrates with Oscar and team mates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on December 13, 2014 in London, England. (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Europe)

Chelsea maintained their three-point lead over Manchester City as both team’s won over two of the Premier League’s weakest sides on Saturday, and Arsenal kept pace by throttling Newcastle.

Eden Hazard headed home in the seventh minute as Chelsea bounced back from last week’s defeat against Newcastle to beat Hull City 2-0.

In a game of few chances, Tom Huddlestone’s sending off on the hour mark for a shocking tackle on Filipe Luis opened things up.

Hazard then laid on a perfect assist for Diego Costa to double the lead in the 68th minute.

Olivier Giroud netted two goals and Santi Cazorla bagged his second goal in two games shortly after half-time to hand Arsenal a 4-1 win against Newcastle, with Ayoze Perez getting one back for the Magpies.

Giroud delivered a powerful header to open the scoring from an Alexis Sanchez cross and the Gunners went into the break just 1-0 ahead. Danny Welbeck had a goal disallowed, then Cazorla’s chipped finish doubled the lead.

Giroud bagged his second and Arsenal’s third seemingly from an offside position, then Perez got on the end of a free kick to give the home fans some nerves. These were settled, though, as Welbeck was brought down in the box and Cazorla struck a “Panenka” style penalty down the middle to seal a comfortable win.

Frank Lampard equalled Thierry Henry’s 175 Premier League goals as second-placed Manchester City maintained their form with a 1-0 win at Leicester City.

Lampard scored in the 40th minute from Samir Nasri’s pass to secure all three points for the title holders, making it five top-flight wins on the spin. The midfielder, on loan from New York City, now has 175 Premier League goals to his name, meaning he is now joint-fourth in the all-time scoring charts.

However, City’s title hopes were put into doubt as captain and talisman Vincent Kompany limped off with a hamstring injury late in the second half.

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SOURCE: ESPN FC

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