It was a Saturday afternoon packed full of incident in the Premier League. Luke Moore rounds up all the action...
"At the other end of the table Crystal Palace picked up a much-needed win, their first since they beat Bournemouth a month ago and only their second since the start of December, to rise above the relegation zone and join Middlesbrough, the team they beat, on 22 points."
It was a case of 'business as usual' for Antonio Conte's Chelsea this afternoon as they overcame some fairly stubborn resistance from Swansea to emerge 3-1 winners courtesy of goals from Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Diego Costa.
Fernando Llorente was able to net one just before the break to make the score 1-1 at half time, and it's easy to see why the Chelsea manager is such an admirer of the powerful Spaniard who hustled and bustled all game and was always dangerous. With all due respect to Swansea, who've improved a great deal since Paul Clement arrived at the helm, in a better team it's easy to see Llorente bagging even more goals, even if he is a day shy of his 32nd birthday.
The Blues will now have at least a nine point lead at the top of the table with Man City not playing again until Sunday 5th March, and are now just 1.171/6 to lift the Premier League title. Pep Guardiola's City are rated a 12.5 shot, with Spurs priced at a huge 46.045/1.
At the other end of the table Crystal Palace picked up a much-needed win 1-0, their first since they beat Bournemouth a month ago and only their second since the start of December, to rise above the relegation zone and join Middlesbrough, the team they beat, on 22 points. Patrick van Aanholt scored the only goal.
Hull and Burnley duked out a 1-1 draw at the KCOM Stadium, with Michael Keane cancelling out Tom Huddlestone's penalty just four minutes after it was successfully converted to take a point back to Turf Moor.
All this means the relegation picture is absolutely fascinating - the market is finding it very difficult to split Crystal Palace (2.35/4), Hull (2.111/10), Middlesbrough (2.01/1) and Leicester a slightly bigger 2.8615/8 ahead of their game against Liverpool on Monday night. Sunderland are rated a 1.211/5 almost dead-cert for the drop after they were handily beaten 2-0 by Everton at Goodison Park.