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EPL: Hazard praises Batshuayi after Chelsea's 4-0 win without Morata

EPL: Hazard praises Batshuayi after Chelsea's 4-0 win without Morata

Second-placed United eked out a 1-0 win over Burnley, Anthony Martial with the goal, and moved to within nine points of leaders Manchester City, who face Newcastle in the late game (17:30 GMT).

Like Chelsea, Arsenal also turned on the goals Saturday, thrashing Crystal Palace 4-1 at The Emirates to remain in sixth place on 42 points.

Chelsea went into yesterday's game at Brighton having drawn all of their last five matches in all competitions, with three of them ending in 0-0 draws.

Antonio Conte's men had the lead three minutes in when Hazard saw the ball fall fortuitously for him inside the box, before shifting onto his right foot and firing past goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

Hazard's brace means he now has eight goals for the season in the Premier League, and his excellent showing is further evidence that he is thriving playing in a free role behind the striker.

But if Hughton's intention were to bolster Brighton's defence, his plans backfired disastrously in the opening six minutes when Chelsea, who have struggled in front of goal in recent weeks, twice carved open a reconfigured backline.

It was the first time in six Premier League matches - since a goalless draw against Everton - that Willian and Hazard started together, and judging by their post-match interview on ChelseaTV they are eager for Conte to keep picking them... Like I said 10 times before, I want to finish this year and then we'll see.

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The hosts were up in arms again in the 34th minute, as Bakayoko bundled Schelotto over in the penalty area.

Caballero redeemed his previous indecision with a sensational save to deny Tomer Hemed from close-range, before the half hour mark. But would not say if he would sign a new contract.

Brighton's first claim came in the 16th minute when Chelsea keeper Willy Caballero - Thibaut Courtois was ruled out with an ankle problem -- weakly palmed a cross away and appeared to trip Ezequiel Schelotto as he attempted to recover from his mistake.

After just one win in 12 league games, the manager admits the onus is on his side to improve their form at home.

Top scorer Glenn Murray (seven) started on the bench but could not find a way to break through once brought on.

The Dutchman scored nine goals in 15 league games for PSV Eindhoven this season and once he becomes accustomed to Chris Hughton's system, Brighton could see their goal return increase.


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