CHELSEA settled for a 1-1 draw with title rival Manchester City to protect its Premier League lead on Saturday.
Chelsea appeared content with the stalemate that kept Jose Mourinho's side five-points clear of City, which now has neighbor Manchester United just five points behind after it beat Leicester 3-1.
Although Chelsea dropped points for the first time at home this season, the leaders' defensive-minded approach in the second half suggested they were satisfied with the draw.
Chelsea was without suspended striker Diego Costa, but Loic Remy stepped in to give the hosts the lead in the 41st minute after latching onto Eden Hazard's volley across the face of goal.
A City counterattack before halftime led to the leveler, with David Silva completing the move by turning in Sergio Aguero's shot.
Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao rediscovered their scoring touch for United, whose victory was wrapped up before halftime through Wes Morgan's own goal.
Tottenham's Harry Kane scored twice in a 3-0 win at West Bromwich Albion, while Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scored in his first match after five months out to seal a 2-0 victory over West Ham.
Jermain Defore got his first goal for Sunderland in a 2-0 win over Burnley, Stoke's Jonathan Walters scored a hat trick in a 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers, and Everton won 1-0 at Crystal Palace.