Chelsea maintains lead

Hakim Ziyech. DAVID LIDSTROM/GETTY IMAGES

Chelsea maintained their lead at the top of the Premier League as Hakim Ziyech came off the bench to secure a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Watford on Wednesday.

Thomas Tuchel’s side were not at their best at Vicarage Road but had enough quality to emerge with three important points.

The game was held up for 32-minutes not long after the start while a fan was treated for a medical emergency.

Chelsea lead the standings with 33 points from 14 games and are one point ahead of Manchester City who beat Aston Villa 2-1.

Sublime first-half goals from Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva capped off a dominant display by City at Villa Park.

Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool thumped Everton 4-1 in the Merseyside derby to stay third, one point behind City.

West Ham stay fourth after a 1-1 draw with Brighton.

Southampton and Leicester City drew 2-2.

Meanwhile Chris Woods’ Burnley remain in the relegation zone following a 0-0 draw with Wolves.

North of the border Rangers scored late to beat Hibernian 1-0 and stay seven points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League.

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