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Record breaking Chelsea march on as Zlatan bags 17th for United

Pedro struck twice as Premier League leaders Chelsea registered a club record 12th successive league win by beating Bournemouth 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Monday. Ajax - Manchester United live

Record breaking Chelsea march on as Zlatan bags 17th for United
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Who can stop Chelsea?

Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Pedro celebrates

Pedro struck twice as Premier League leaders Chelsea registered a club record 12th successive league win by beating Bournemouth 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

Antonio Conte's side can edge ever closer to Arsenal's Premier League record of 14 consecutive wins when they face Stoke at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Victory then would set up the possibility of matching the record, set across the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons, when they travel to face London rivals Tottenham on January 4.

On this form, few would bet against the Blues extending their current run after they moved nine points clear of second placed Liverpool, who host Stoke on Tuesday.

In control long before Pedro put them ahead with a superb individual strike in the 24th minute, they effectively killed off Bournemouth's hopes with Eden Hazard's 49th-minute penalty before Pedro's deflected second wrapped up the win.

Late magic from Mkhitaryan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Sunderland

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 17th goal of the season as Sunderland manager David Moyes was condemned to a 3-1 defeat on his return to Manchester United on Monday.

Dutch defender Daley Blind opened the scoring in the 39th minute at Old Trafford with his first Premier League goal since September 2015.

Late strikes from Ibrahimovic -- his 50th for club and country in 2016 -- and substitute Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who scored with an audacious back-heel, confirmed victory.

It ensured that United, without injured captain Wayne Rooney, extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 matches, despite Fabio Borini's spectacular consolation for the visitors.

Giroud rescues Gunners

A late goal by Olivier Giroud on his first Premier League start of the season gave Arsenal a hard-fought 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Monday.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger's side seemed certain to slip further off the pace at the top of the league against an ultra-defensive Albion team as the game moved into its final stages at the Emirates Stadium.

But Giroud's header in the 86th minute provided a welcome return to winning ways for Arsenal after painful defeats on the road at Everton and Manchester City.

Gunners boss Wenger had defended Mesut Ozil, a scapegoat in some quarters for failing to pull his defensive weight in those pre-Christmas setbacks.

And he was rewarded for his faith as Ozil provided the cross for Giroud's winner to keep Arsenal nine points behind leaders Chelsea.

Boxing day results:

Watford - Crystal Palace 1 - 1

Manchester United - Sunderland 3 - 1

Leicester City - Everton 0 - 2

Arsenal - West Bromwich 1 - 0

Chelsea - AFC Bournemouth 3 - 0

Burnley - Middlesbrough 1 - 0

Swansea City - West Ham 1 - 4

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