Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea bounced back from consecutive premier league defeats with a 3-0 victory over West Brom on Monday night moving back into the top four. After making a shaky start, Hazard settled the nerves around Stamford Bridge with a brilliantly-worked opener in the 25th minute, but the hosts continued to look vulnerable at the back as West Brom missed several chances to equalize.
Victor Moses capitalized on a fortunate deflection to double Chelsea’s advantage in the 63rd minute, before Hazard scored a stunning third eight minutes later to make sure of a crucial three points for Chelsea. The victory sees Chelsea climb back above Tottenham into fourth after just a third win in 11 in all competitions easing the pressure on head coach Antonio Conte in the process while West Brom’s problems continue as they stayed rooted to the bottom of the premier league, seven points from safety with 11 games remaining.
Those misses proved costly as Chelsea wrapped up victory in the space of eight minutes. First, Moses fed the ball into Fabregas, who tried to flick the ball through for substitute Álvaro Morata, Craig Dawson made the block, but inadvertently diverted the ball back into the path of Moses, who stroked the ball into the net.
Then, Hazard carried the ball to the edge of the box, cut inside, before rifling a strike past foster at his near post to cap a man-of-the-match display. West Brom have not beaten Chelsea at Stamford bridge in any of their last 17 visits in all competitions (d3 l14), since winning 1-0 in the league cup in November 1983 under Ron Wylie. They have won just one of their last 25 premier league matches (d11 l13). Eden hazard has had a hand in 105 goals in the premier league for Chelsea (68 goals, 37 assists) – only shy of the legendary Didier Drogba (159) and Frank Lampard (237) have been involved in more for the club.