Hazard on fire as Chelsea down Southampton to go top of EPL standings

Hazard on fire as Chelsea down Southampton to go top of EPL standings

- Chelsea secured a 3-0 victory over Southampton to top the EPL standings

- Hazard, Barkley, Morata scored a goal apiece in either halves to to gift the Blues a deserved victory

- Maurizio Sarri is yet to taste defeat in the EPL having won six Premier League matches and drawn two

Former EPL champions, Chelsea, on Sunday, October 7 continued their unbeaten run in the Premier League as they defeated Southampton 2-0 at the St. Mary's stadium.

In-form Blues' forward Eden Hazard and Ross Barkley netted a goal apiece in either halves as the visitors carted home maximum points to go top in the EPL standings.

Hazard opened the scoring for Chelsea in the 30th minute after Barkley won the ball in the dangerous area to feed the Belgian who smashed home to make it 1-0.

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Sarri's men continued dominating affairs at St.Mary's, with the hosts making little or no threat upfront.

Upon the resumption of the second half, Chelsea intensified their dominance in the attack, with Southampton boss Mark Hughes often looking peeved on the sidelines.

Chelsea's efforts paid off in the 57th minute, with Barkley extending the Blues' lead as he tapped in from close range.

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Alvaro Morata who broke his goal drought to lead Chelsea to a hard-earned 1-0 Europa League win against Hungarian champions Vidi did not start the Sunday south coast clash, but was introduced in the 68th minute as he came on for Olivier Giroud.

The Spaniard went ahead to seal Chelsea's 3-0 win at stoppage time, as Hazard slid in for Morata to score from close range.

Following their comfortable victory over Southampton, Sarri is yet to taste any defeat in the domestic league as they momentarily went top in the EPL standings with 20 points.

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