Leaders Chelsea conserved their three-point advantage by beating Aston Villa 3-0 as Diego Costa continued his scoring streak.
Having drawn 1-1 at champions Manchester City last weekend, Chelsea continued their unbeaten start to the season with a straightforward win over Villa at Stamford Bridge.
Oscar gave Chelsea the lead in the seventh minute when he steered home a cutback from Brazilian countryman Willian, who had seen his initial shot parried by Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
Costa added a second goal just before the hour, glancing a header past Guzan from Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross to take his tally to eight goals in his first six Premier League games.
The Brazil-born Spain striker also played a role in Chelsea’s third goal with a shot that Guzan could only push straight at Villa defender Aly Cissokho, enabling Willian to stab home from close range.
“Even during the period the game was 1-0, when it could be open, it was always closed because we controlled the game,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. “When we weren’t dangerous, we kept the ball. The result was a consequence of our dominance.”
Elsewhere, Graziano Pelle’s sensational overhead-kick goal saw in-form Southampton defeat former manager Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers’ side 2-1 to stay second. After a goalless first half, the match sparked into life in the second period at south coast side Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium.
England left-back Ryan Bertrand, on loan from Chelsea, put Southampton 1-0 up with his first Premier League goal in the 54th minute.
But newly promoted QPR, who have won just once in the English top flight this season, equalised through Charlie Austin’s well-taken goal in the 66th minute only for Italian striker Pelle to restore Southampton’s lead with an even better strike just two minutes later.
Victory kept Southampton three points behind Chelsea.
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