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MANCHESTER, England (AP) David Silva scored twice Saturday as defending champion Manchester City, playing without a recognized striker, provisionally drew level with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League with a convincing 3-0 victory against Crystal Palace.
It was City's sixth league win in succession and eighth in all competitions, one short of equaling the club record.
Both Chelsea and City have 39 points, but City has played one more game than Chelsea, which travels to Stoke City on Monday. Chelsea tops the league thanks to a superior goal difference of 23 to City's 22.