A stoppage-time penalty from Jorginho proved enough for Chelsea (9/2 Premier League Outright) as they battled past Leeds United to win 3-2 at Stamford Bridge.
Thanks to a spirited display, the Blues avoided conceding further ground in the title race as they managed to overcome Marcelo Bielsa’s men in a tricky encounter on home soil.
Chelsea fell behind in the 28th minute when Marcos Alonso brought down Dan James in the box before Raphinha converted from the penalty spot.
Mason Mount levelled matters before Chelsea scored the first of their two spot-kicks. Raphinha brought down Antonio Rudiger, with Jorginho finding the top corner.
Leeds youngster Joe Gelhardt scored his first Premier League goal in the 81st minute to level matters, but Chelsea found time for a third as Mateusz Klich fouled Rudiger.
The Citizens recorded a 1-0 win in the early kick-off on Saturday, with Raheem Sterling scoring his 100th Premier League goal from the spot.
Raul Jimenez’s dismissal did not help Wolves’ chances of a victory in the first half as the Mexico international received two yellow cards in quick succession.
Liverpool were also victorious on Saturday, with Mohamed Salah scoring from the spot as Steven Gerrard endured a miserable return to Anfield as Aston Villa lost 1-0 on Merseyside.
Tyrone Mings bundled Salah to the ground in the 67th minute, and the Egyptian made him pay when he scored his 14th goal of the season.
Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick won his second league game in succession in the evening kick-off, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty the difference between the two teams at Carrow Road.
Elsewhere, Arsenal boosted their hopes of a top-four finish as they thumped Southampton 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel.