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Chelsea 5-0 Everton

  • Eden Hazard opens the scoring after 18 minutes.
  • Marcos Alonso doubles the lead a minute later.
  • Diego Costa makes it three just before half-time.
  • Hazard grabs second and Pedro taps home a fifth
  • Chelsea go top of the Premier League with sixth straight victory.
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Full time: Chelsea 5-0 Everton

Six wins on the bounce have taken Chelsea from the thumping at Arsenal to the top of the Premier League after 11 matches. Eden Hazard continued his magnificent season with two goals and an assist in a 5-0 thumping, which included goals for Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Pedro as the floodgates opened. Everton offered absolutely nothing and Ronald Koeman may need to lie down in a darkened room after this one.

Well that brings an end to our coverage of this Premier League clash. We're back tomorrow to see if Arsenal, who face Tottenham, or Liverpool, who take on Watford can leapfrog Chelsea. But until then, it's goodnight.

The Ole's have begun as we approach the closing minutes. A real statement this from Chelsea. Arsenal and Liverpool must respond tomorrow.

Captain John Terry coming on for Chelsea to replace Gary Cahill. His first appearance since September, but in this form you wonder his next might be. Not sure how he gets into this side.

Diego Costa chasing his second but it takes a last ditch tackle from Ashley Williams to keep him out. Eden Hazard withdrawn by Antonio Conte and he deserves every single applause from the home faithful. Back to the action, and Stekelenburg palms over a volley from Luiz.

This display makes what occurred during the first five months of last season under Jose Mourinho simply baffling, particularly the showing of Eden Hazard who has so out of sorts in the 2015-16 season. The Belgian has been breathtakingly brilliant tonight.

Oscar on for Pedro with 19 minutes remaining. The former Barcelona man has been outstanding this evening.

Goal: Chelsea 5-0 Everton (Pedro)

Everton fans have begun the long trip back to Merseyside, though it appears their team may have beaten them to it. Chelsea are rampant here and they go 5-0 ahead as Costa turns Jagielka, finds Hazard whose shot towards the back post is kept out by Stekelenburg but presented at the feet of Pedro who taps home.

Hazard produced a stylish finish to make it 4-0.

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Chelsea at walking pace are still giving Everton problems, and they're queuing up to get in on this rout. Stekelenburg finally gets a hand on one, palming away Costa's volley. Everton's frustrations spill over, as Gareth Barry is booked for clattering into Pedro.

Hazard's seventh goal of the season sees him equal his tally from last season in just the fourth month of the campaign. This is a Chelsea reborn under Antonio Conte and Everton are the latest victim of the Italian's regime.

Goal: Chelsea 4-0 Everton (Eden Hazard)

One of the goals of the season that is for sure. Chelsea pile on the misery following a long passing move as Hazard goes one way, and then another to slam low into the corner. Fine team goal.

Chelsea on course for a routine win after Costa made it three.

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Romelu Lukaku has been a spectator today and things continue to go against him when he finally gets possession but he is out-muscled by N'Golo Kante.

Everton have started the second half much improved, forcing an early corner, but it comes to nothing. Chelsea have not begun with anything like the same verve but that is perhaps to be expected with such a healthy lead.

Second half is underway at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea playing for more goals, Everton for pride - you would think.

Half time: Chelsea 3-0 Everton

Chelsea are heading top of the Premier League after wiping the floor with Everton the first half. Eden Hazard, Marcos Alonso and Diego Costa have done the damage with the goals, making a mockery of Ronald Koeman's decision to match up the hosts with three at the back. The Merseysiders have produced a sorry display.

Goal: Chelsea 3-0 Everton (Diego Costa)

Everton have been a shambles in this first half and Chelsea take full advantage with a fatal third goal. A corner isn't cleared at the near post and Costa rattles in a half volley, with David Luiz in an offside position in Stekelenburg's eyeline. No offside given however and the hosts are on course for three points.

This has been a messy opening 35 minutes from Everton, their worst of the season, and Ronald Koeman reacts as Kevin Mirallas replaces Bryan Oviedo.

Nearly three for Chelsea as Alonso swings a cross in from the left and Moses comes in on the ball and smashes the outside of the post. Trevor Francis on BT Sport questions if it is 11 vs 11 out there at the moment; and he has a point. Everton woeful.

Hazard celebrates putting Chelsea ahead after just 18 minutes.

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Hazard's swashbuckling finish put the Blues ahead. Getty Images

Phil Jagielka fuming with Madley after being shepherded out of play by David Luiz. His complaints see him given a yellow card, to sum up Everton's first half an hour in west London.

Some sense at last.

Half a chance for Everton to cut the deficit as Ross Barkley curls a delicious free-kick in towards the edge of the six-yard box but no on can get a touch and anyhow, the linesman flag is up.

Another look at the first goal where Pedro appeared to drift across the goalkeeper's eyeline as Hazard's shot flashed across him. The Spaniard is beyond the last defender when the shot is hit and he does get in Stekelenburg's view once the shot reaches him. Wonder if the Toffees have a case there.

Goal: Chelsea 2-0 Everton (Marcos Alonso)

Everton had the best defensive record in the Premier League before this game but they've been carved open twice in the space of a minute. Costa is at the centre of everything again and he starts the move, Pedro crosses and when Costa leaves the ball Alonso nutmegs Stekelenburg to net his first Blues goal.

Goal: Chelsea 1-0 Everton (Eden Hazard)

The Premier League's in-form player strikes again. Costa feeds Hazard on the left, but he has plenty to do. He comes inside Coleman has smashes beyond Stekelenburg.

Both sides observe a minute's silence before kick-off.

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Both sides observe a minute's silence before kick-off. Getty Images

Costa is back on and his war with the Everton defence continues. Now it's Phil Jagielka jousting with the Spaniard, and he goes to ground but once again no foul is awarded.

Diego Costa lying flat out on the edge of the penalty area after a high tackle by Seamus Coleman. No doubt the Everton full-back catches the Spaniard and there is blood streaming from Costa's right leg. It should have been a yellow card at least for the Irishman, but Robert Madley failed to act.

Chelsea have started quickly in their last two league wins and they will be eager to repeat that against the top flight's meanest defence. Yannick Bolasie with the first important moment, leaving a foot in on Nemanja Matic - and he quickly apologises.

Both sets of players are out ahead of kick-off where a minute's silence is being held to remember all the British serviceman who have lost their lives fighting in conflicts across the globe. Each played has a poppy on their shirt to commemorate the occasion. Impeccably observed and we're underway at Stamford Bridge.

I have attempted to avoid the obvious cliches this evening, but before kick-off there is a fireworks display taking place atop of Stamford Bridge to mark firework night. Will that be the only bout of entertainment tonight. Chelsea have not conceded in four, and Everton have the Premier League's best defensive record.

Ronald Koeman on BT Sport: "We know their strengths but we have enough quality player to see a good match today. It's a tactical change and its the best way to get a good result today."

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Ronald Koeman has seen the success of Chelsea's 3-4-3 formation, implemented after the loss at Arsenal, and attempted to copy it this evening by matching up Antonio Conte's side. Historically, at least, that had often proved the undoing of teams in the Premier League. But can the Toffees conqueror this unfamiliarity?

So those results, namely Manchester City being held by Middlesbrough, means Chelsea can go top of the Premier League this evening if they beat Everton. That would be some turnaround, 12 months on from what was turmoil under Jose Mourinho.

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Full time in all four of those matches, and here are the full-time results.

Burnley 3-2 Crystal Palace

Manchester City 1-1 Middlesbrough

Bournemouth 1-2 Sunderland

West Ham United 1-1 Stoke City

I am sure it has not escaped your attention that we have four 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League and there have been some dramatic late goals. Manchester City have been pegged back by Middlesbrough while Burnley have snatched a late winner over Crystal Palace.

Worth noting that Willian nor Cesc Fabregas are in the Chelsea squad this afternoon. John Terry is however as he continues his comeback from injury.

Everton have made three alterations in all, with Maarten Stekelenburg, Phil Jagielka and Tom Cleverley all returning. Romelu Lukaku leads the attack.

Stekelenburg back for Everton and no place for the injured Leighton Baines.....

No changes from Antonio Conte..

We're expecting team news from Stamford Bridge around an hour before kick-off, but until then how will both sides line-up?

Chelsea are expected to be unchanged from the win at Southampton, with Cesc Fabregas not ready to return but Willian is back in contention to start.

Everton could welcome back goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg from a foot injury, while Enner Valencia is back after being ineligible to play against parent club West Ham. Idrissa Gueye is suspended.

An opportunity to go top of the Premier League and reel off a sixth straight victory in all competitions sounds all the more sweet when you are a Chelsea side welcoming Everton to Stamford Bridge. Not since November 1994 have the Toffees come away from west London with a victory, their longest run without a win at another Premier League club.

Ronald Koeman's side do arrive having curbed a run of five games without a win after sweeping aside West Ham United, and with Ross Barkley's form improving and Romelu Lukaku having a point to prove at his former club there could yet be a surprise from the Merseysiders.

All the team news and build-up ahead of the 5:30pm kick-off on the way.