EPL result  – Chelsea beat West Ham  to go 10-points clear

​West Ham United 1 – 2 Chelsea

Eden Hazard and Diego Costa scored in either half as Chelsea reasserted their 10-point lead at the Premier League summit with a hard-fought 2-1 win over West Ham at the London Stadium.

Two of Chelsea’s three Premier League defeats this season were away London derbies – to Arsenal and Tottenham – and West Ham beat the Blues in the EFL Cup in a match marred by crowd trouble at the London Stadium.

Those scenes – of violence and a Chelsea defeat – were not repeated here, although one fan hurdled the advertising hoardings to remonstrate with celebrating Chelsea players after Hazard’s goal before he was wrestled away.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte may be taking nothing for granted in the title race, but his side are showing little sign of slipping up.

Tottenham are the Blues’ nearest rivals with 11 games to go, but third-placed Manchester City could move eight points behind by winning their game in-hand.

West Ham’s direct tactics were predictable, but Chelsea withstood the bombardment until Manuel Lanzini’s stoppage-time strike, which proved mere consolation.


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