Chelsea produced a commanding performance in a 2-0 win over West Ham on Boxing Day to increase their lead at the summit of the Premier League table to six points.
Oscar and Garry Cahill came close to breaking the deadlock at Stamford Bridge before captain John Terry turned in Diego Costa’s header from close range.
West Ham fought for a draw in a highly-competitive second-half game but Costa placed the game beyond them after the hour with a drilled finish low and precise into the bottom corner of West Ham’s goal.
The Hammers substitute Morgan Amalfatino thumped a shot against the woodwork in the closing minutes as the Blues held on for maximum points to retain command at the summit of the league standings.
Champions Manchester City can reduce the ‘Blues’ lead to three if they win West Bromwich Albion later in the day.