A Pedro stunner sent Chelsea on their way to an impressive 3-0 win at Everton as Antonio Conte’s men passed arguably their last major test to take a huge step towards winning the Premier League.
Chelsea moved seven points clear of second-place Tottenham – who host Arsenal later on Sunday – and are left with four relatively straightforward fixtures against Middlesbrough, West Brom, Watford and already-relegated Sunderland, three of which are at home.
The early exchanges were frantic and both sides went close to breaking the deadlock – Dominic Calvert-Lewin hitting the upright for Everton, before the lively Eden Hazard agonisingly missed the target.
After an open first half Chelsea became more dominant in midfield following the interval, eventually breaking Everton’s resolve through a moment of genius from Pedro 24 minutes from time.
A fortuitous Gary Cahill effort and a well-worked goal from substitute Willian followed towards the end as Chelsea rounded off an emphatic second-half performance, though the loss of David Luiz to what appeared to be a groin injury may provide cause for concern.
The result damages the hopes of closest challengers Spurs, who still have to face West Ham, Manchester United, Leicester City and Hull City after this weekend.
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