Chelsea beat West Ham 2-0 to stay top

(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

MANCHESTER, England (AP) Chelsea and Manchester City kicked off the Premier League's hectic festive schedule with commanding victories Friday to keep the title race finely poised, while Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool also won on a successful day for the country's top teams.

John Terry and Diego Costa scored as Chelsea beat West Ham 2-0 to retain its three-point lead over City, which netted all of its goals in the first half in a 3-1 win at West Bromwich Albion played in a snowstorm.

Only United looks capable of gatecrashing the fight for the title between the top two, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice to set up a 3-1 win over Newcastle that tightened the 20-time champions' grip on third place - seven points behind City.


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