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Four out of four for Chelsea

CHELSEA scored three goals in seven minutes to secure a 3-0 home victory over Burnley yesterday and make it four wins from its first four English Premier League games.
Starting the game level on points with Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the standings, Carlo Ancelotti's team now has 12 points, with Spurs hoping to keep pace with the Blues by beating Birmingham City at home later in the day.
After Martin Paterson had missed a great chance for Burnley at Stamford Bridge, firing wide of the post, Nicolas Anelka gave Chelsea the lead in first-half injury time when he turned home a cross from strike partner Didier Drogba.
Michael Ballack headed home a cross from Frank Lampard in the 48th minute and Ashley Cole swapped passes with Lampard and drove a shot into the roof of the net in the 52nd.
Meanwhile, holder Manchester United will play Wolverhampton Wanderers at home in the third round of the League Cup after the draw was made yesterday.
United's clash with Wolves is one of five all-Premier League ties while League One (third division) Leeds United's home draw against Liverpool promises a great atmosphere at Elland Road.
Tottenham, runner-up last season and winner in 2007-08, travels to Championship side Preston North End while Chelsea has a home tie against west London neighbor Queen's Park Rangers. Arsenal is at home to West Bromwich Albion.
Port Vale, the only survivor from England's fourth tier, travels to Scunthorpe while Championship side Blackpool, which beat Premier League Wigan Athletic in round two, gets another chance to claim a top-flight scalp away to Stoke City.
United, three-time winner of the competition, was given a bye into the third round along with all the other Premier League sides involved in European competitions this season.
Ties will be played in the week beginning on September 21.
In Germany, Borussia Moenchengladbach won 2-0 in Friday's match in which both Mainz goalkeepers were injured, leaving it without a healthy keeper with Bundesliga experience.
Raul Bobadilla scored in the 29th in front of 42,217 fans at Borussia Park, and Marco Reuss doubled the lead in the 84th.
Mainz starting keeper Heinz Mueller was withdrawn in the first half due to a pulled stomach muscle. His replacement, Christian Wetklo, was taken to hospital after the game to evaluate a suspected broken leg.
With longtime starter Dimo Wache sidelined with a knee injury, Mainz was without a healthy goalie who has played in the German first division. Its next match will be against Hertha Berlin on September 12.


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