Premier League leaders Chelsea beat Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park.

Second-half strikes from Pedro, Gary Cahill and Willian saw Chelsea edge closer to clinching the Premier League title.

Pedro’s long-range strike, followed by Cahill’s bundled effort and a simple tap-in for substitute Willian made sure Chelsea remained four points clear of Spurs, who have beaten Arsenal 2-0 at White Hart Lane.

Meanwhile, the defeat for Everton means they remain seventh in their first home loss this calendar year.


The match got off to a rapid start as Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s driven ball into the area almost rebounded off the post for Lukaku to tap in from six-yards out, only for the Premier League’s top goalscorer to slip before pulling the trigger.

Chelsea fired a warning shot of their own moments later through an unlikely source in Cahill, who smashed a shot from 25-yards out which Maarten Stekelenburg was able to smother.

Eden Hazard then sprung into life, latching on to a fine through ball from Diego Costa to burst through on goal, but despite skipping around Stekelenburg, the angle proved too tight for the Belgium international to find the net.

Antonio Conte and N'Golo Kante

The half became increasingly scrappy as referee Jonathan Moss gave yellow cards out to Cahill, Calvert-Lewin and Cesar Azpilicueta to see out a tightly-contested 45 minutes.

Chelsea came close to breaking the deadlock early in the second half after a corner routine saw Victor Moses thump a low cross across the face of the goal, but the driven ball was too fast for Costa to catch.

Despite Everton increasing appetite for adventure going forward, Chelsea’s Pedro opened the scoring with a rocket. From 25-yards out, he moved the ball onto his left foot and hammered the ball into the top corner to score his eighth league goal of the season.


Lukaku nearly levelled with a free-kick from just outside the box, but his curled strike was just over the bar.

But the Toffees would pay the price for their lack of end product as Chelsea doubled their lead through Cahill, who bundled the ball into the net following a driven free-kick into the box by Hazard.

Gary Cahill

Chelsea introduced Cesc Fabregas and Willian off the bench, and they combined to give their sid a three-goal lead. The onrushing Fabregas picked up a threaded Costa pass before squaring to Willian to finish and ultimately give Chelsea a comfortable victory.