EPL: Chelsea sweep West Brom
Blues take seven-point lead in EPL standings after 2-0 win over West Brom in London
London: Chelsea's title charge shows no signs of abating, with West Brom the latest side swatted away by Jose Mourinho's men.
Chelsea's striker Diego Costa (second from left) scores the opening goal against West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Pic/AFP
It may only be November but few look capable of preventing the west Londoners from lifting the Premier League trophy aloft at the end of the season. West Brom were the Blues' latest victims, with first-half goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard securing Chelsea a victory that was far more dominant than the 2-0 scoreline suggests.
It was their sixth straight league win this season at Stamford Bridge — which was far more atmospheric than the last outing against QPR — and a result saw the Blues start a top-flight campaign unbeaten in 12 for the first time.
It did not take long for Costa to open the scoring here, with the striker, now fully-fit after various niggles, impressively notching his 11th goal in just 10 league matches after offside calls were ignored.
Hazard extended the Blues' lead soon after with a fizzing strike which took a slight deflection as it beat the otherwise excellent Ben Foster, whose goal always looked likely to breached further when Claudio Yacob was given a straight red card.
The Argentinian midfielder's reckless 29th-minute challenge on Costa forced Albion into damage limitation mode and impressively they pulled it off, preventing Chelsea from causing any more damage.
Manchester City climbed into second place on 27 points after coming from behind to defeat Swansea at the Etihad Stadium. Wilfried Bony gave the visitors a 1-0 lead just nine minutes into the contest. He scored from the centre of the box after chesting down Nathan Dyer's pass before finishing neatly.
The goal was the first ever scored by Swansea at the Etihad. The Blues needed just five minutes to pull level with a goal from Stevan Jovetic. Jesus Navas set up Jovetic, who drilled a right-footed shot from close range past goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
After Gael Clichy hit the bar for the home side, Fernandinho back-heeled the ball into the path of Yaya Toure in the 62nd minute and he smashed it in for the winner.