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Chelsea in surprise loss at Crystal Palace

LONDON -- The Premier League's most unpredictable title race produced another surprise on Saturday as Chelsea lost at Crystal Palace for the first time since 1990.

Despite the 1-0 collapse after Chelsea captain John Terry headed Joel Ward's cross into his own goal at the start of the second half, Jose Mourinho's side remains top as Manchester City was held to a 1-1 draw at Arsenal.

"We depend too much on other results," Mourinho said, writing off his team's title prospect. "When you depend a little it's possible, when you depend a lot, I don't think it's possible.

"We depend now too much. I don't think now we can win the league."

Liverpool, perhaps? Brendan Rodgers' side is a point behind Chelsea and will go top with a victory over Tottenham on Sunday.

The points tally, though, is deceptive. Although City is third and two points behind Chelsea, the 2012 champions have two games in hand.

The one certainty is the defending champions won't be keeping hold of the trophy, with Manchester United still in seventh despite by coming from behind to beat Aston Villa 4-1.

Southampton, a place behind United but six points adrift, produced a resounding 4-0 victory over Newcastle. In a meeting of relegation-threatened teams, both West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff scored in stoppage time as they drew 3-3.

Stoke's impressive form continued with Peter Odemwingie clinching a 1-0 victory over Hull, the team's fourth success in five matches.

Swansea climbed above Hull into 13th by ending a six-game winless run in the league. Jonathan de Guzman's clinical double and Wayne Routledge's goal produced a 3-0 victory over fellow struggler Norwich.

In the trophy chase, Arsenal's concern will be its return of two points from its last three games — even if the spirited fight back against City offered hope for the title run-in.

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