Chelsea move 11pts clear at the top of the table 

Chelsea took advantage of their Premier League pursuers’ idle Saturday to open an 11-point lead with a 3-1 defeat of Swansea at Stamford Bridge.

Cesc Fabregas’ strike on his 300th league appearance (19) set the leaders on their way, although it took late goals from Pedro and Diego Costa to get the job done after Fernando Llorente headed an equaliser in first-half stoppage time.

Swansea may point – with some justification – to an unpunished Cesar Azpilicueta handball in his own penalty box with the score at 1-1, referee Neil Swarbrick apparently ruling the close-quarters contact accidental.

But Chelsea were good value for a welcome win after twice dropping points in their past three matches, and they might have won by more as Fabregas alone came close to a hat-trick during a rare 90 minutes under Antonio Conte.

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