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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Chelsea impress vs. West Ham, Man United and Man City stay in touch

Chelsea picked up another impressive win while Manchester City, Southampton and Liverpool picked up three points away from home.

Chelsea won to stay atop the Premier League table after a full Boxing Day schedule which also saw title chasers Manchester City and Manchester United prevail.

Diego Costa was on target in a 2-0 win as Premier League leaders Chelsea were too much for the Hammers to handle.

Premier League leaders Chelsea demonstrated their strength with a 2-0 win over in-form West Ham United in the lunchtime kick off on Boxing Day.

John Terry scored his second goal in as many matches, tapping in from close range, to break the deadlock in the 31st minute at Stamford Bridge.

Diego Costa wrapped up the three points just after the...

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Three Points: Wayne Rooney sparks Man United's dominance vs. Newcastle

Two first half goals from Wayne Rooney and a Robin van Persie header propelled Manchester United 3-1 past Newcastle United.

MANCHESTER -- A trio of observations on Manchester United's 3-1 win against Newcastle in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

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1. United roll back the years

Thrilling forward play and deadly counterattacks are what a younger generation of Manchester United fans were brought up on. If this season's Premier League title looks beyond Louis Van Gaal's team, Old Trafford is being presented with a vision of an imminent future in which their team might soon compete with Chelsea and Manchester City.

United...

Three Points: Raheem Sterling the hero as Liverpool edge Burnley

Raheem Sterling's second-half strike ensured Liverpool managed their first league victory in four matches despite turning in a poor performance at struggling Burnley.

BURNLEY, England -- Raheem Sterling's second-half goal was the difference as Liverpool picked up a valuable 1-0 away win at Burnley. Here are three quick points from their Boxing Day clash at Turf Moor:

1. Sharp Sterling helps Liverpool win ugly

Brendan Rodgers is a proponent of the beautiful game, but there can be little doubt that his side won ugly at Turf Moor. Liverpool were nowhere near as fast or as fluent as they had been in possession against Arsenal on Sunday, let alone as potent...

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Should van Gaal be more involved?

The ESPN FC panel discuss Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's recent comments on his periphery coaching style during Premier League matches.

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 By Jim Daly

Frustrations are building as Crystal Palace disappoint vs. Southampton

Southampton's resurgence continued in style at Selhurst Park as Ronald Koeman's side moved back into the top four of the Premier League.

Being a football fan is tough sometimes. Well, a lot if you're a Crystal Palace fan.

Palace's Boxing Day defeat at home to Southampton was freezing from start to finish, provided no moments of entertainment for home fans, and ended with the Eagles' fifth defeat in nine games. Everyone at Selhurst Park tried their best to get through the day nursing their festive hangovers as best as possible.

There were boos at half-time -- not universal, fairly muffled in reality, but they were there. There were...