Chelsea make it four wins in a row in the Premier League

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Chelsea have moved into fourth place in the Premier League with a 2-0 vic­tory away at Southamp­ton.

Goals in ei­ther half from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa made the dif­fer­ence as the Blues recorded their fourth suc­ces­sive win in the Premier League.

The West Lon­don out­fit needed just 30 sec­onds to take the lead against Manch­ester United last week­end but An­to­nio Conte would have had no com­plaints with his side tak­ing six min­utes to open the scor­ing yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

After Hazard was found on the right-hand side of the penalty area, he went past Steven Davis to move the ball onto his left foot be­fore driv­ing a low shot through the legs of Fraser Forster.

Southamp­ton re­sponded well but aside from a Char­lie Austin header which went wide, they strug­gled to cre­ate chances in open play and their best ef­fort came from a Du­san Tadic free kick which was saved by Thibaut Cour­tois.

It was all Chelsea at the start of the sec­ond half and mo­ments after Mar­cos Alonso had dragged a shot well wide of the post, the Blues dou­bled their ad­van­tage through Costa.

Hazard had wanted his team­mate to play a one-two on the edge of the penalty area but the Spa­niard had other ideas as he curled the ball into the far cor­ner from 25 yards.

Southamp­ton also had their mo­ments but aside from a header from Austin which went over and a de­flected Davis ef­fort which struck the top of the cross­bar, the home side strug­gled to pose the Blues de­fence too many prob­lems.

Ever­ton cruise past West Ham as Romelu Lukaku proves the dif­fer­ence once again

The Ever­ton striker scored a close-range header in the 50th minute to set his team on its way to a 2-0 win over West Ham and a first Premier League vic­tory in five games. Ad­ver­tise­ment It was Lukaku's ninth game against West Ham for Ever­ton — and he has scored in ev­ery one of them.

The Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional also was the provider for Ever­ton's sec­ond goal, send­ing a cross over for Ross Barkley to prod home at the back post in the 76th minute.

Ever­ton stayed sixth, five points off a trio of teams — Manch­ester City, Arse­nal and Liver­pool — at the top of stand­ings.

The game was closely fought un­til Yan­nick Bo­lasie showed de­ter­mi­na­tion to pounce on a loose ball fol­low­ing West Ham goal­keeper Adrian's par­ried save, and clipped the ball back into the area for Lukaku to head into an un­guarded net.

That was Lukaku's sev­enth goal in his last seven league games and his 50th in the league for Ever­ton.

Adrian was slightly at fault

Yes­ter­day Ever­ton-West Ham .......................... 2-0 Lukaku 50’, Barkley 76’ Southamp­ton-Chelsea .................... 0-2 Hazard 6’, Costa 55’

Stand­ings

Man. City Arse­nal Liver­pool Chelsea Tot­ten­ham Ever­ton Watford Man. United Southamp­ton Bournemouth Le­ices­ter Crys­tal Palace Burn­ley M’brough West Brom West Ham Stoke City Hull City Swansea Sun­der­land 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 9 10

Cham­pi­onship 7 7 7 7 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 2 2 1 0 2 2 2 1 5 3 3 3 4 3 3 2 2 4 4 1 3 1 2 2 1 24 9 23 1 23 10 23 1 24 13 23 2 21 9 22 0 14 5 20 2 15 8 18 3 14 13 15 3 13 12 15 3 11 10 13 4 12 14 12 4 12 16 12 5 14 16 11 5 813 11 4 911 10 4 10 14 10 6 10 19 10 4 9 16 9 7 8 23 7 6 8 15 5 8 7 20 2

Yes­ter­day Birm­ing­ham-As­ton Villa .................... 1-1

there, al­though he had al­ready pro­duced one of the saves of the sea­son.

Mid­way through the first half, Barkley found his way into space in the cen­ter of the area and sent in a fierce shot that took a de­flec­tion, only for Adrian to show great re­flexes to block it with an out­stretched arm.

West Ham had won its pre­vi­ous two games.

Chelsea’s Diego Costa cel­e­brates after scor­ing yes­ter­day Photo: AP

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