Chelsea beat Bournemouth to return seven points ahead of Tottenham in the race for the title.

The Blues took the lead inside 17 minutes thanks to a Diego Costa shot that deflected in off of Adam Smith. Three minutes later, the visitors doubled their lead from a quick counter attack that lead to Eden Hazard siting Artur Boruc down and slotting the ball in the net. Just before half time, a Joshua King strike gave the Cherries the momentum before the break.

The second half seemed somewhat quieter but Bournemouth and Chelsea both showed their attacking intent as they both tried adding to their tallies. Chelsea were the next team to add to there’s as Costa was brought down on the edge of the box and a spectacular Marcus Alonso free kick gave the blues a 3-1 lead with 22 minutes remaining. Bournemouth substitute Lys Mousset had a chance in the 90th minute but Gary Cahill cleared the ball out of play and that was the last knockings of the game.

The Cherries can take a few positives from the game. The first positive is that once again King showed his talent with a great strike and excellent work rate throughout the whole of the match. The second thing that Bournemouth can take from the game is the fact that the team kept attacking rather than dropping their heads and sitting back. Lastly, Jack Wilshere showed why he should be the number one choice in the squad with a number of great passes and skills and another 90 minutes of football without injury.

Bournemouth go to White Hart Lane next Saturday to play a title-chasing Tottenham who are desperately trying to close the gap on Chelsea. However, the Blues travel to Old Trafford to take on their former manager Jose Mourinho on Sunday.

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