Chelsea will finish a weekend top of the Premier League table for the first time since they were crowned champions in 2015 courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium this afternoon.

Diego Costa got the only goal of the game to make it six wins in a row for Antonio Conte’s side, all of which have come without conceding a goal.

Victor Moses was proving to be a valuable attacking outlet on the right for Chelsea, and his deflected effort resulted in the corner that led to the opening goal. Boro failed to deal with the initial ball into the box, and Costa was the first to react, volleying his finish past Valdes for his 10th league goal of the season.

The win means that Chelsea now sit one point clear of Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table having won six top-flight games in a row for the first time since September 2009.

It is also only the 10th occasion in Premier League history that a team has won six consecutive matches without conceding, and Chelsea are now responsible for half of those.

Boro, meanwhile, remain 15th in the table, just one point clear of the relegation zone having only managed one win from their last 10 league outings.



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