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Chelsea vs. Everton, Premier League: Half-time report

Everyone's been fantastic and Chelsea lead 3-0 at the half.

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Unchanged for the fourth straight league match, Chelsea have picked up today where we left off last weekend, though it took almost an eternity to open the scoring this time.

We were still celebrating Hazard's opener — a classic move from Eden, cutting in from the left flank and rifling past the goalkeeper — when Marcos Alonso of all people doubled Chelsea's lead, as Hazard forced a turnover and Costa smartly dummied the ball to the left wing-back bursting forward.  Alonso has taken a backseat to Moses since the switch to 3-4-3 in terms of attacking impact, but he's been magnificent and impactful today.  Moses of course isn't one to be left out; the post might still be shaking after his shot off of it around the 35th minute.

Everton tried to match the 3-4-3, but that experiment lasted all of 37 minutes.  They of course remain dangerous and aren't giving up — Bolasie and Lukaku look threatening — but so far, so good for the boys in Blue once again.  The visitors tried to kick Chelsea off the pitch, especially early on, but Chelsea have persevered.  Coleman could've been sent off for a horrendous looking challenge on Costa (Costa has seemingly run it off, though he's been a bit less mobile than usual); Bolasie has a yellow but could easily have two; etc.  It remains 11-v-11.

Just before the break, Costa made it 3-0 to jump back ahead of Sergio Aguero for top goalscorer in the Premier League.  Costa's 9th goal, and another assist for Matic with the near-post flick on Hazard's corner.

Chelsea rampant.  And at least temporarily top of the league.  But the job today is only half done.


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