Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Costa on Target as Blues Extend Lead at Top

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Costa on Target as Blues Extend Lead at Top

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DIEGO Costa's 13th goal of the season has propelled Chelsea nine points clear at the top of the English Premier League with a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace.

It was the Spanish striker's 50th goal for the Blues, who celebrated an 11th straight EPL success.

Chelsea has now won 14 out of 17 times under Antonio Conte - a new record for a manager in his first EPL season.

Conte's men stretched their lead over Liverpool, which plays the Merseyside derby with Everton tomorrow morning (AEST), and Arsenal, which played fourth-placed Manchester City overnight.

"If I don't say I am pleased for this record I am dishonest," Conte said.

"I am not a person who loves stats but it's my first season in England and to win 14 games out of 17 is fantastic."

Manchester United continued its winning ways with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring his 15th and 16th goals of the season in all competitions in a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

Champion Leicester salvaged only its second away point of the season despite having striker Jamie Vardy sent off in the first half and at one stage going 2-0 down at Stoke. …

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