Goals from Cesc Fabregas, Pedro, and Diego Costa gave Chelsea a deserved win over Swansea.
The Welsh side proved to be stiff opposition for the Blues, who were ultimately indebted to their terrific Spanish attacking triumvirate.
After Fabregas’ opener, Swansea equalised through a Spaniard of their own, as Fernando Llorente headed home. That goal, coming on the cusp of half-time, stirred the Blues into action after the break. First, Pedro curled in from the edge of the box, before Costa clinically volleyed home after stunning work by Eden Hazard.
The result lifts Chelsea a further three points clear at the top of the Premier League table. With just twelve games remaining, the Blues now have a healthy eleven-point lead.
It was a record-equalling twelfth home win in a row in all competitions, and few would bet against Antonio Conte’s side from lifting the title. Take advantage of these online offers from our partner as Chelsea remain firm favourites to be crowned champions.
After the dour draw up at Burnley last time out, a response was needed from Conte’s men. They showed that they meant business early on, and it was no surprise when Fabregas opened the scoring. Even before Cesc – on his 300th Premier League appearance – had scored, he’d had one shot charged down and Pedro had also fired over.
Fabregas then had a volley superbly saved by Lukas Fabianksi before Llorente equalised against the run of play.
As we pointed out a short while ago, Chelsea have a weakness to the long ball. Paul Clement’s side exploited this as the Spaniard nodded home from Sigurdsson’s free-kick.
After the break, Chelsea sought to restore their advantage. Only a super stop by Fabianksi denied Hazard from doing so.
Fabregas went even closer as he rattled the crossbar from the edge of the area. That followed some excellent Diego Costa hold-up play. The onlooking Frank Lampard, himself no stranger to a goal from midfield, was visibly impressed by the link-up between the pair.
Cesar Azpilicueta then survived a penalty claim as he looked to have handled in the area. At the other end, Chelsea themselves had a shout turned down, with the referee deeming Alfie Mawson had cleanly won the ball.
But, shortly after, it was 2-1. N’Golo Kante fed Fabregas, who in turn supplied Pedro. Taking aim from 25 yards, the Spaniard’s shot crept under the keeper’s reach and into the net.
Kante then fired over from substitute Nemanja Matic’s centre, before Costa wrapped up the points. Hazard terrorised his marker before crossing into the box – Diego made no mistake. It is now 16 goals for the season for Chelsea’s centre-forward as they seemingly close on the Premier League title for the second time in three seasons.