MX23RW : Tuesday, October 16 11:03:49
Aug 27, 2017 at 1.30pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 41,382
Chelsea
2-0
Everton
Fabregas (27'), Morata (40')
Moses (76'), Azpilicueta (88')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Gueye (9'), Rooney (71')

Result: Chelsea make light work of lacklustre Everton at Stamford Bridge

Result: Chelsea make light work of Everton
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Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata net first-half goals as Chelsea beat Everton 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.

Premier League champions Chelsea have returned to winning ways at Stamford Bridge thanks to a straightforward 2-0 victory over Everton on Sunday afternoon.

First-half goals from Spanish pair Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata proved enough to get the Blues off the mark on home soil, a fortnight on from their shock opening-game defeat to Burnley here.

Everton offered little in attack all afternoon and were deservedly beaten by a Chelsea side back on track thanks to successive top-flight wins in the past week, lifting them up to fifth place in the early league standings.

The first real opening of a one-sided first half fell the way of Pedro, who could not quite keep his overhead kick down when picked out by Morata.

Chelsea bossed possession and slowly started to make their dominance count, with David Luiz and Pedro both testing Jordan Pickford from outside the box in quick succession.

The breakthrough moment arrived 27 minutes in through a perfectly executed finish from Fabregas, exchanging passes with Morata inside the box and casually slotting past Pickford on the volley.

Everton failed to register a single touch of the ball in their opponents' 18-yard box in the opening 45 minutes, and they were rightly two down before the half was out.

Morata added to his earlier assist with a second league goal in Blues colours, just about remaining onside to head past Pickford when spotted by Cesar Azpilicueta from deep after referee Jonathan Moss justifiably played advantage for an earlier challenge.

Everton, who have never won a Premier League match when two goals down at the break, tinkered slightly before the second half as Mohamed Besic was introduced in place of the ineffective Tom Davies.

The slight change in system almost paid off instantly as Sandro Ramirez was slotted through by Wayne Rooney, only to see his shot - which appeared to be going wide - blocked by Antonio Rudiger inside the area.

Both sides struggled to find any real tempo to their game, with the next attack of any note culminating in Pedro shooting wide of the target an hour in.

Victor Moses should have done better when played through soon after, failing to get the beating of Pickford, while Pedro curled another one wide of goal.

Everton were unable to set up a grandstand finale as Ashley Williams's glanced header ended narrowly wide of the far post and Idrissa Gueye's shot was helped over the bar by Thibaut Courtois - his first and only save of a quiet afternoon.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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