Chelsea beats Bolton 4-0 to stay top in England

Chelsea stayed at the top of the Premier League on Saturday by outplaying Bolton 4-0, and Arsenal beat Tottenham 3-0 before Liverpool had two players sent off in a 3-1 loss at Fulham.

Frank Lampard, Deco and Didier Drogba scored a goal each for Chelsea, while Bolton defender Zat Knight put in an own-goal. Bolton finished the match with 10 men.

Later Saturday, Manchester United played Blackburn at Old Trafford.

Robin van Persie scored twice and Cesc Fabregas added the other in Arsenal’s win at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners scored two quick goals just before halftime against their north London rival and now have 22 points, five fewer than Chelsea with a game in hand.

On a day with a record eight red cards in the Premier League, two went to Liverpool as the Reds lost for the fifth time in 11 league matches.

After Bobby Zamora had given Fulham a 24th-minute lead, Fernando Torres equalized from 25 meters (yards) with his 10th goal of the season. Erik Nevland then made it 2-1 in the 73rd, Torres was soon taken off and Philipp Degen and Jamie Carragher were sent off before Clint Dempsey added a third for Fulham.

Last-place Portsmouth outplayed Wigan 4-0 for its first home victory of the season, two players were sent off as Everton and Aston Villa drew 1-1, and one from each side was red-carded as Sunderland drew 2-2 with West Ham. Also, Burnley beat 10-man Hull 2-0, and Stoke and Wolves drew 2-2.