Chelsea eased the pressure on manager Antonio Conte with a stunning demolition of Premier League champions Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.
Diego Costa pleased anyone who likes to bet football when he got the Blues off to the best possible start when he smashed home from close range, before Eden Hazard doubled the lead before half-time.
Victor Moses then capped off a fine individual display to convert from close range after Nathaniel Chalobah played the Nigerian in with a deft backheel to give Chelsea a second consecutive league victory.
Following the death of his mother, Willian was missing for the Blues, whilst injuries to Oscar and Cesc Fabregas left Conte with limited options in midfield. John Terry, at least, was fit to return to the bench.
Ultimately, Chelsea performed admirably, with their 3-2-4-1 formation causing the champions no end of problems.
Full-backs Moses and Marcos Alonso pushed high up the pitch and stretched the pitch to its maximum size, giving the Blues a potent attacking threat throughout.
N’Golo Kanté – the man who traded Leicester for London in the summer – was at the heart of everything excellent about the Chelsea performance, as Conte’s men played some outstanding expensive football.
Yet it was from a set piece that the Blues took the lead, as Nemanja Matic flicked on a near-post corner for Costa to smash home. With our betting partner http://sportsbetting-x.com/, you can get great odds on Diego finishing the season as the league’s top goalscorer.
David Luiz, who enjoyed his best performance since his summer return to the club, then hit the post with a terrific free-kick. Then, on 33 minutes, Hazard capitalised on a fortuitous Pedro flick-on to double the lead after rounding the goalkeeper.
Leicester never really threatened the sort of comeback which saw Chelsea come from 2-0 down against the same opponents in the EFL Cup last month, and Chelsea duly reseized the initiative after the break.
The closest the visitors came to troubling Thibaut Courtois was when Luiz diverted a cross onto his own woodwork. If the Brazilian hadn’t have intervened, it’d have been a tap-in for Jamie Vardy.
At the other end, only a magnificent Kasper Schmeichel stop denied Moses when clean through. Kanté then had a close range effort superbly blocked by Wes Morgan.
Matic then saw his deflected effort turned wide before Moses linked majestically with substitute Chalobah to put the cherry on top of the cake.
It was the least the Blues deserved for their best showing of the season! They move up to fifth for the time being.