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EPL: City Defy Snow, Ideye’s goal for victory, as Chelsea, United win

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Manchester City scored three first-half goals and survived a snowstorm as they beat West Brom to stay three points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Fernando hooked City ahead after Ben Foster dropped a Jesus Navas cross.

Yaya Toure made it 2-0 from the spot after David Silva was fouled and Silva added a third with a precise finish.

Heavy snow made conditions difficult after half-time and West Brom managed a late consolation when Brown Ideye netted from close range.

Meanwhile, Boxing Day specialists Manchester United enjoyed more festive fun against Newcastle at Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney put United in front from a fine Radamel Falcao cross.

The Red Devils skipper added another before supplying the crossfield pass for Robin van Persie to score a third.

Papiss Cisse netted a late consolation from the spot for Newcastle but the hosts extended their record of having lost only one Boxing Day game since the Premier League was formed in 1992.

At the Stadium of Light, Gaston Ramirez, James Chester and Nikica Jelavic scored as Hull came from behind to beat Sunderland to end a 10-game winless run.

Adam Johnson gave the Sunderland lead after just 30 seconds following a mistake by City skipper Curtis Davies.

Ramirez levelled before half-time with his first goal in almost a year helped by a lucky bounce off the turf.

Chester headed home a Ramirez cross to seal a fourth straight victory against the Black Cats, who had two strong penalty appeals for handball ignored, reports the BBC.

And in the early kick off, leaders Chelsea tightened their grip on the Premier League’s top spot with a commanding victory over West Ham.

The Blues had already come close through Oscar and Gary Cahill when John Terry turned in Diego Costa’s header from close range.

After a tame first half, West Ham offered more in the second, but their hopes were snuffed out by Costa’s drilled finish just after the hour.

Morgan Amalfitano hit the post late on but Chelsea racked up 28 shots at goal.

EPL RESULTS

Chelsea 2-0 West Ham United

Burnley 0-1 Liverpool

Crystal Palace 1-3 Southampton

Everton v Stoke City

Leicester City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Man United 3-1 Newcastle United

Sunderland 1-3 Hull City

Swansea City 1-0 Aston Villa

West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Man City

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