In Sunday’s other matches, Tottenham Hotspur returned to fourth place with a 2-1 victory at Southampton, while Newcastle United beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1.
At St Mary’s, Gareth Bale set Tottenham on their way to victory against his former club by heading home from Tom Huddlestone’s pass in the 15th minute. Clint Dempsey doubled Tottenham’s lead before the break from close range.
Jay Rodriguez pulled one back in the second half, but Tottenham held on to leave Southampton next-from-last in the standings.
At St James’ Park, Newcastle’s winner came in the third minute of stoppage-time, with Sammy Ameobi’s shot taking a heavy deflection off Papiss Cisse.
Demba Ba put Newcastle in front before halftime, but Romelu Lukaku headed West Brom level 10 minutes after the break.