English Premier League: Mikel stays top with Chelsea

Nigerian midfielder John Mikel Obi

Super Eagles midfielder John Obi Mikel was handed 23 minutes of playing time on Saturday by Coach Jose Mourinho as Chelsea cruised to 3-0 win over Aston Villa to cement their place at the top of the English Premier League table for at least another week.

Mikel, who is in the 24-man Super Eagles list released on Friday by Coach Stephen Keshi for the upcoming games against Sudan, was introduced into the game against Aston Villa as a replacement for Brazilian Oscar who scored the first goal for the Blues.

Chelsea now have 16 points from six games and their closest rivals, Southampton, have 13 points from the same number of games.

While Mikel was enjoying action with Chelsea, it was not the same for his compatriot, Sone Aluko, who also has been invited for the Sudan games. Aluko was not dressed for Hull City that fell 2-4 to Manchester City at home.

Also, Manchester United returned to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday when they edged past West Ham United 2-1 at Old Trafford but the victory was dented by the needless red card got by Captain Wayne Rooney.

In the day’s earlier game, Brendan Rodgers felt Liverpool did not get what they deserved after a 1-1 draw at home to Everton in the Merseyside derby.

Liverpool appeared likely to record a third Premier League win of the season following Captain Steven Gerrard’s fine 65th minute free-kick.

However, Everton centre-half, Phil Jagielka, lashed in an equaliser in added time to leave Rodgers in rueful mood after the stalemate.

Find full results of games played today below.

Liverpool 1 – 1 Everton

Chelsea 3 – 0 Aston Villa

Crystal Palace 2 – 0 Leicester City

Hull City 2 – 4 Manchester City

Manchester United 2 – 1 West Ham United

Southampton 2 – 1 Queens Park Rangers

Sunderland 0 – 0 Swansea City

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility


Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: New Discovery! Click Here To See A Miracle Device That Can Cure DIABETES, BLOOD PRESSURE, STROKE, ARTHRITIS, PAINS, OBESITY And 50 Other CHRONIC DISEASES Without Drugs Or Herbs.. Click Here Now To See It

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.