Chelsea maintain top spot in England

Nigerian midfielder John Mikel Obi


Chelsea maintained their lead on the English Premier League table with a 1-0 victory over Stoke City.

The London club, which paraded two Nigerian internationals, scored the only goal of the match through left full back, Ashley Cole.

Mikel Obi played in the midfield for Chelsea from the start and was substituted in the 81st minute; while new signing, Victor Moses, came on in the 61st minute to replace Eden Hazard.

The victory saw Chelsea maintain their lead on the table with 13 points from five matches.

The loss by Stoke is their first of the season having drawn their first four matches.

In other Premier League games played on Saturday, West Bromwich Albion without Osaze Odemwingie- suspended for three matches after getting a red card in their last match- defeated newly promoted club, Reading 1-0; Southampton beat Aston Villa 4-1; Fulham defeated Wigan 2-1; West Ham and Sunderland played a 1-1 draw.  Everton had defeated Swansea 3-0 in an earlier match.

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