Conte backs 'important' Costa to start firing again for Chelsea

Eden Hazard doubled Chelsea's advantage moments later, collecting an N'Golo Kante pass before rounding Artur Boruc to slot home.

But Diego Costa's shot deflected in off Adam Smith to give Chelsea the lead and Hazard quickly added a second, with Marcos Alonso's free-kick wrapping up the points after Joshua King's reply.

Chelsea now sit seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table with eight games to play in the league.

Chelsea took another huge step towards reclaiming the Premier League title after beating Bournemouth 3-1 at the Vitality Stadium this evening.

Eddie Howe's men took the game to their opponents and nearly hit them on the break in the second minute, Ryan Fraser's cross forcing Thibaut Courtois into action via a wicked deflection off David Luiz.

With seven games left in the season, Chelsea needs about six wins to guarantee the EPL title, according to Goal.com. Had you been told that around December or January, you would have thought Chelsea are in real trouble, but the opposite is true.

"The atmosphere has been special in the last two home games and the supporters have been tremendous, so I ask for them to be like that again".

The two Brazilians both struck in the second half, however - Firmino with a superb lob - as Liverpool hit back to move to 63 points - nine ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal who have three games in hand, starting away to Crystal Palace on Monday.

Moses has played league matches this season and has scored three goals.

The midfielder shot into the top corner from the edge of the area from Dusan Tadic's lay-off in the 25th minute at The Hawthorns.

20' - GOAL! Bournemouth 0-2 Chelsea (Hazard).

Which Chelsea players stood out during the Blues' win over Bournemouth?

That is what is so impressive about this Chelsea, even if they are not as impressive as they were around October.

Liverpool sit five points below Spurs, having played a game more, after Firmino's stunning strike secured victory at Stoke.

Boro have now gone 12 league games without victory at the start of a calendar year for the first time in their history.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth are flying high in 13 position, seven points clear of the drop zone, and Eddie Howe will be keen to ensure the good times keep on rolling after drawing against Liverpool this week.

  • Angelo Rivera