Diego Costa scored his eighth goal in six Premier League games as Chelsea coasted to a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
Costa has been nursing a hamstring problem, but there were no signs of an injury as he continued his outstanding start to his Chelsea career by finding the back of the net with a towering second-half header on Saturday.
Oscar opened the scoring early in the first half with his second goal in as many games and that set the tone, as Jose Mourinho’s league leaders maintained their ominous early-season form with a deserved win.
Costa doubled their lead just before the hour-mark and Willian added the third with a tap-in, his first goal of the season, to round off another impressive display from free-scoring Chelsea, who have now scored 19 goals in their first six top-flight games.
The London club suffered a costly 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa when the two sides last met back in March, which dealt a major blow to Chelsea’s title hopes, but they gained revenge as Paul Lambert’s men failed to recover from Oscar’s early strike.
Liverpool 1 – 1 Everton
Chelsea 3 – 0 Aston Villa
Crystal Palace 2 – 0 Leicester City
Hull City 2 – 4 Manchester City
Manchester United 2 – 1 West Ham United
Southampton 2 – 1 Queens Park Rangers
Sunderland 0 – 0 Swansea City
Arsenal 1 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur