Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas celebrates after he scores a goal in the win over Swansea City.
Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas celebrates after he scores a goal in the win over Swansea City. Kirsty Wigglesworth

Chelsea 11 clear after win over Swans

FOOTBALL: Chelsea has strengthened its grip on the English Premier League title, moving 11 points clear on top of the ladder with a 3-1 home win over Swansea City.

The Blues made it a club-record 12 wins from 12 at Stamford Bridge this season but things could have been different if referee Neil Swarbrick had given a penalty to the visitors with the scores level at 1-1 in the 69th minute.

Swansea boss claimed Cesar Azpilicueta handled the ball in the area when a Gylfi Sigurdsson flick struck his arm.

A minute later Pedro's shot was not dealt with by Swansea keeper Lucasz Fabianski to make it 2-1 with Diego Coasta wrapping up the points with a volleyed goal late on.

Clement told Sky Sports: "We did have a very good claim for a penalty, and the score was 1-1 at the time.

"Sigurdsson's lifted it and I thought at the time Azpilicueta had handled it. Having had a second look on the video close-up it's clearly a handball.

"We didn't have very many chances and they clearly had a lot of chances, but defensively we frustrated them for long periods and we can be happy with work we put in. The players put a big shift in physically.

"But then clearly when it's 1-1 and you've got a big penalty shout and the game goes on to be 3-1 against you, you're going to feel very disappointed."

Chelsea was the dominant side for most of the game and Cesc Fabregas, playing his 300th EPL game gave the home team the lead before Fernando Llorente's equaliser right on half-time gave the visitors a lifeline.

With Manchester City and Arsenal not playing in the league this weekend, only Spurs had the chance to close the gap at the top if they beat Stoke overnight.

At the bottom Crystal Palace piled the misery on for champion Leicester City with a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.

The victory, sealed with a goal from Patrick van Arnholt, moves Palace out of the bottom three, with Leicester dropping to third from bottom in the relegation zone before its game with Liverpool tomorrow morning (AEST).

Everton pushed its former manager David Moyes closer to relegation with a 2-0 win over Sunderland, which remains rock bottom, at Goodison Park.

Hull missed a chance to climb out of the relegation zone with a 1-1 draw against Burnley at the KCOM Stadium.

Watford drew 1-1 with West Ham, while Bournemouth is now only five points ahead of the drop zone following a 2-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

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