Premier League
Chelsea3Bournemouth0

Chelsea 3-0 Bournemouth

Pedro scores for Chelsea
Pedro has scored five goals during Chelsea's 12-game winning run

Chelsea moved seven points clear at the top of the table by beating Bournemouth to set a club record of 12 straight Premier League wins.

Cesc Fabregas set up Pedro to break the deadlock with a deflected shot that looped into the top corner.

Eden Hazard capped an impressive display by making it 2-0 from the spot after he was brought down by Simon Francis.

Chelsea added a third goal deep in injury time when Pedro's shot hit Steve Cook and the ball span over the line.

Bournemouth's best chance saw substitute Benik Afobe denied by Thibaut Courtois but the Cherries ended up well beaten.

Liverpool can reduce Chelsea's lead to six points if they beat Stoke on Tuesday.

No Costa or Kante, not much difference

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Conte proud of 'fantastic' run

Chelsea were missing two key components of their recent run, with striker Diego Costa and midfielder N'Golo Kante both suspended, but it made little difference.

Without Costa to lead the line, and the Blues £33m Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi again left on the bench, Antonio Conte went with a front three of Hazard, Willian and Pedro.

It took time for them to hit their stride but the three players eventually proved an effective combination.

They were happy to swap positions throughout the game but all three caused the Cherries problems when they ran at them, especially on the break.

"This is the first time we played without a real forward," Chelsea manager Conte explained.

"We tried this in training and I think for us at the moment this situation is the best, but I don't forget Michy because he is a young player with great talent. He is adapting to this league and its football. In the future, I trust in him."

Kante's absence, meanwhile, saw Fabregas recalled to partner Nemanja Matic at the heart of Antonio Conte's midfield.

Again they took time to settle down, giving Jack Wilshere too much room on a couple of occasions before the break, but they were far more assured after half-time.

Bournemouth go back to the drawing board

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Cherries were well in the game - Howe

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe switched to a 3-4-3 formation to match Chelsea's shape and, initially, it worked.

Even when Pedro put the hosts ahead, the Cherries looked capable of causing them problems and Wilshere got on the ball in some good positions, going close twice.

It did not last, and Bournemouth were kept at arm's length for much of the second half - enjoying more possession than Chelsea but unable to do much with the ball, and in constant danger from counter-attacks.

"You can't be too upbeat about getting beaten 3-0 but there were fine margins and many elements of our game-plan worked," Howe said afterwards.

"They scored their first goal out of the blue, without any real sustained period of pressure, and the second goal just after half-time was the decisive moment."

Howe's side remain seven points above the relegation zone so have breathing space, but their away form is becoming a cause for concern.

MOTD analysis

Former England captain Alan Shearer:

"Chelsea look so strong in every department, so confident in every department. The win was without two of their biggest hitters - N'Golo Kante and Diego Costa. Once they got that first goal it was just a matter of how many.

"Their one-touch and two-touch play was just brilliant at times. Eden Hazard is in such incredible form and Willian had a fantastic game. Chelsea are red, red hot at the moment."

Man of the match - Chelsea's Eden Hazard

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard's best moment - a rabona shot from the edge of the area that was saved by Artur Boruc - would not actually have counted because the whistle had gone but there were plenty of other moments to savour. He ran at Bournemouth whenever he got the ball, and saw a lot of it - he made 87 touches, more than any other player

Match stats - Conte's fast start continues

  • Antonio Conte is the first Premier League manager to win 15 of his first 18 games in the competition
  • Bournemouth have lost three of their past four Premier League games, conceding three goals in each defeat
  • Eden Hazard is the sixth player to score 50 Premier League goals for Chelsea after Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Gianfranco Zola and Eidur Gudjohnsen
  • Only Hasselbaink (84), Drogba (106) and Gudjohnsen (153) reached 50 Premier League goals for Chelsea in fewer games than Hazard (155)
  • Cesc Fabregas has provided 98 assists in the Premier League; only Wayne Rooney (101), Frank Lampard (102) and Ryan Giggs (162) have more in the competition's history

What next?

The Cherries have won only one of their nine games on the road this season, but have a chance to put that right on New Year's Eve when they travel to struggling Swansea.

Chelsea host Stoke on the same day, looking to move closer to Arsenal's record of 14 successive Premier League wins, set across the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.

"To win 12 games in a row is not easy in this league," added Conte. "It's a fantastic run but it's important to continue that now.

"In four days we have another tough game and we have to prepare very well. Because now every team wants to beat you."

Longest winning runs in Premier League history
Date of last gameTeamWinning run
18 August 2002Arsenal14
20 August 2000Man Utd12
26 December 2016Chelsea12

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 13Courtois
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 30Luiz Moreira Marinho
  • 24Cahill
  • 15MosesSubstituted forAinaat 90'minutes
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 21Matic
  • 3Alonso
  • 22WillianSubstituted forChalobahat 83'minutes
  • 10E HazardSubstituted forBatshuayiat 90+4'minutes
  • 11Rodríguez LedesmaBooked at 63mins

Substitutes

  • 1Begovic
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 5Zouma
  • 14Loftus-Cheek
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 29Chalobah
  • 34Aina

Bournemouth

  • 1Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 15A Smith
  • 4Gosling
  • 6SurmanSubstituted forStanislasat 66'minutes
  • 8Arter
  • 14B SmithSubstituted forIbeat 77'minutes
  • 32WilshereBooked at 14mins
  • 17KingSubstituted forAfobeat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Afobe
  • 13Wilson
  • 19Stanislas
  • 23Federici
  • 24Fraser
  • 26Mings
  • 33Ibe
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
41,384

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 3, Bournemouth 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 3, Bournemouth 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Michy Batshuayi replaces Eden Hazard.

Goal!

Own Goal by Steve Cook, Bournemouth. Chelsea 3, Bournemouth 0.

Attempt blocked. Pedro (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Simon Francis.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Ola Aina replaces Victor Moses.

Foul by Benik Afobe (Bournemouth).

David Luiz (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dan Gosling (Bournemouth).

David Luiz (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Victor Moses (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Nathaniel Chalobah replaces Willian.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Jordon Ibe replaces Brad Smith.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Pedro.

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Victor Moses.

Attempt saved. Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Wilshere with a through ball.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by David Luiz.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Gary Cahill (Chelsea) because of an injury.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Dan Gosling.

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Benik Afobe replaces Joshua King.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Junior Stanislas replaces Andrew Surman.

Attempt missed. Pedro (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Booking

Pedro (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pedro (Chelsea).

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea).

Attempt missed. Victor Moses (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Adam Smith.

Attempt saved. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Artur Boruc (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea18151238112746
2Man City18123339201939
3Liverpool17114241202137
4Arsenal18114339192037
5Tottenham1796229121733
6Man Utd189632718933
7Everton187562321226
8Southampton176651716124
9West Brom186572322123
10Watford186482230-822
11West Ham186482332-922
12Stoke175661924-521
13Bournemouth186392331-821
14Burnley1862101728-1120
15Middlesbrough184681620-418
16Leicester184592331-817
17Crystal Palace1844102933-416
18Sunderland1842121631-1514
19Swansea1833122141-2012
20Hull1833121439-2512
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