Title race back on says shocked Conte

Zaha scored his sixth league goal of the season on Saturday and laid on the assist for Christian Benteke's victor against leaders Chelsea as Palace recorded a fourth successive victory under Sam Allardyce.

Premier League leaders Chelsea were yesterday reported to be leading the way in the race for centre-back Virgil van Dijk, and today Antonio Conte and his team are reportedly eyeing up another Saints starlet in the form of Ryan Bertrand.

Tottenham have closed the gap to seven points with Chelsea after a 2-0 win at Burnley, while Manchester City will also be able to haul themselves back into contention, if they win at Arsenal on Sunday.

Cesc Fabregas flicked in Eden Hazard's cross to give the Blues a fifth-minute lead, but Sam Allardyce's side rallied and struck twice in as many minutes.

Conte's side had won their past 10 league games at Stamford Bridge and had not lost there in any competition since September 16.

"We know there's talent here".

Liverpool moved to third after beating Everton 3-1 in the Merseyside derby. They need 21 points (7 wins) to mathematically clinch the title.

"We fully deserved the three points. We are fighting for the Premier League".

"We faced a team with strong players, very good players, and they showed they are a good team", the former Italy worldwide said.

Chelsea's title credentials face another tough examination in Wednesday's clash at home to Manchester City.

West Brom was the eighth side to leave Old Trafford with a draw this campaign, joining the likes of Hull, Stoke, and Burnley in defying injury-hit United.

The champions prevailed through a glorious 25-yard strike from Wilfred Ndidi and a sharp Jamie Vardy volley, leaving them six points clear of the relegation zone.

At the other end of the table, Sunderland's plight is looking increasingly dire following another defeat, with Miguel Britos heading his first goal for Watford in the 1-0 win at Vicarage Road.

Shakespeare, who replaced title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri, joined Guus Hiddink, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, and Carlo Ancelotti in winning his first four Premier League games in charge.

Bournemouth's Harry Arter skied a late penalty over goal a 0-0 draw at Southampton in which both teams also hit the post.

  • Julie Sanders