Premier League Roundup | Hazard keeps Chelsea 7 points clear off Spurs at the summit
After seeing Tottenham Hotspurs sweep aside Watford in the early kickoff, Chelsea secured a victory away to Bournemouth where Hazard's 14th goal of the season maintained their 7 points lead over Spurs on the table. Liverpool and Manchester City continued their top-4 charge with wins of their own.
Chelsea took an early lead in the 18th minute after Diego Costa’s shot deflected off Adam Smith and found its way into the back of the Bournemouth’s net. Eden Hazard then doubled Chelsea’s lead two minutes later after being set free by the hard working N’golo Kante. Joshua King offered the home side some hope when his deflected shot halved the deficit, but Marcos Alonso’s immaculate free kick in the 68th minute kept Chelsea on course for a fifth title in the Premier League era.
Son Heung-Min scored a goal on either side of halftime, in the early kickoff, against Watford at White Hart Lane to ensure that Spurs maintain the pressure on league leaders Chelsea. Dele Alli opened the scoring for the home side with a sublime curling effort in the 33rd minute before Eric Dier added a second in the 39th minute with a drive from outside the box. Son curled in the first of his two goals in the 44th minute and scored his second with a sublime volley ten minutes into the second half. The game also marked Harry Kane’s return to the Spurs team with the Englishman replacing Vincent Janssen for the last 30 minutes of the game.
Meanwhile, a much changed Liverpool side, came from behind to win away at Stoke to hold on to third place on the table. Jonathan Walters had given the Potters the lead on the stroke of halftime, but Phillipe Coutinho’s scored for the second week running before Roberto Firmino completed the turnaround with a sublime chip over the keeper.
Manchester City, too, secured a 3-1 victory at home to Hull City with Pep Guardiola’s side taking the lead through an own goal from Elmohamady in the 31st minute, before Sergio Aguero's 48th minute goal and Fabian Delph’s 64th minute strike meant that Andrea Ranocchia's 85th minute goal was only a consolation for the Tigers.
Spurs 4 - 0 Watford
Man City 3 - 1 Hull City
Middlesbrough 0 - 0 Burnley
Stoke City 1 - 2 Liverpool
West Brom 0 - 1 Southampton
Bournemouth 1 - 3 Chelsea
West Ham 1 - 0 Swansea