Chelsea FC are now unbeaten in four successive matches in the English Premier League (EPL). In these four successive victories, they also kept consecutive clean sheets. Their 2-0 win against Southampton at St. Mary’s stadium on Sunday, 30 Oct.2016 was their fourth in a row a feat they last achieved in April 2015 and put them one point behind Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Eden Hazard who seems to be getting to his best opened the scoring for the Blues just at the 6th minute after playing a one-two with the Chelsea man of the moment, Victor Moses. This was his fifth for the season and a third in a row. Hazard and Moses proved to be a heavy threat to the Saint after the duo produced dangerous counters only that most of them never ended at the back of the net.
Chelsea’s second came at the 55th minute, thanks to the EPL top scorer, Diego Costa who scored from 22 yards. This was his eighth for this season just in ten matches. Despite being blocked by the Saints’ defence, this could not bur the Spanish man to place the curly ball at the back of the net. His goal must have proved that the Blues had put the game to bed.
Southampton coach, Claude Puel admits that his side played very well in the first half with very many chances to notch. He added that ‘’it is always hard to come back to the game after you allow your opponent to notch first’’. Conte on his side however praised his side claiming that ‘’they work hard in training and so they deserve the result’’.
When this season had just began, the Blues seemed to be very reluctant via clean sheets conceding almost in every match despite the result whether a win, draw or loss. However, ever since losing two successive important games; 1-2 against Liverpool and 3-0 against Arsenal, the West London giants have maintained for successive clean sheets after a 2-0 win against Hull, 3-0 win against Leicester, 4-0 win against Man United and a 2-0 win against Southampton.
Antonio Conte’s move to a formation of three centre-backs is helping the former champions more secure at the back and threatening in attack. The Italian also seems to be inventing a style of defending in which his country is famous with as an organised Chelsea denied the hosts any space around the penalty area and gave them a bloody nose throughout.
Meanwhile at Goodison Park, Everton played host to inconsistent West Ham and managed to obtain a scrappy2-0 victory against the visitors. Romelu Lukaku put the Toffees ahead at the 50th minute after heading home from close range for his 7th Premier League goal. Everton improved as the match progressed and their second arrived at the 76th minute when Ross Barkley capped a fine display with a half volley that secured the three points for the hosts.
West Ham who had been unbeaten in October had chances and were the better side before the break but were left to rue Angelo Ogbonna’s miss which could have given the visitors a lead. Slaven Bilic’s men remain just three points above the relegation zone as they continue to pay the prize of four consecutive losses at the start of the season.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman noted that ‘’it’s a good win – a deserved win, we played well in the second half and the result was the difference between the first and second half.’’ West Ham coach, Slaven Bilic told Sky Sports that ‘’we should have done better, had we utilised our chances, I’m not saying that they didn’t deserve it.’’