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Fabregas creates and finishes for Chelsea

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Fabregas creates and finishes for Chelsea as Costa connects the dots

Craig Burley breaks down Cesc Fabregas and N'Golo Kante's impact as Chelsea went 11 points clear atop the Premier League.

The creativity of Cesc Fabregas propelled Chelsea to a 3-1 win against Swansea on Saturday. On his 300th Premier League appearance, the Spaniard produced a playmaking masterclass that cut open the Welsh visitors and earned the hosts a 10th straight league win at Stamford Bridge.

While Antonio Conte rarely changes his preferred line-up, an added touch of invention proved to be just what Chelsea needed in order to break down their stubborn opponents. Paul Clement's rejuvenated side turned up with...

 By Max Hicks

Cork covers his ground but uninspired Swansea have off day in Chelsea defeat

Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table, holding off a spirited Swansea at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table, holding off a spirited Swansea at Stamford Bridge.
Paul Clement quickly sums up Swansea's chances against Chelsea, and gives his thoughts on Claudio Ranieri's sacking.

Chelsea again proved they are the Premier League's best team by far with a comfortable 3-1 victory over an uninspiring Swansea on Saturday.

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Swansea didn't play well. How much of that was down to Chelsea's pressure is debatable, but key man Gylfi Sigurdsson could barely put a foot right with the ball, uncharacteristically blazing a free kick miles over the crossbar at one point, setting the tone not just for himself but for the entire team performance.

Why is this a positive? Because had...

Chelsea demonstrate title resolve as Fabregas shines in win vs. Swansea

Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table, holding off a spirited Swansea at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table, holding off a spirited Swansea at Stamford Bridge.
Craig Burley breaks down Cesc Fabregas and N'Golo Kante's impact as Chelsea went 11 points clear atop the Premier League.

LONDON -- Three quick thoughts from Chelsea's 3-1 Premier League win over Swansea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

1. Chelsea heeding Conte's title caution

As Chelsea have surged clear of a pack of faltering rivals at the top of the Premier League and the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have taken turns to proclaim them champions-in-waiting, the zeal of Antonio Conte's pleas for concentration has increased.

On this evidence, his players are listening. Despite being...

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Man United meet Southampton in EFL final, Leicester need win vs. Liverpool

Alexis Nunes and Paul Mariner predict the Premier League fixtures in week 26.
The Boys from Exploding Heads are here to assure you that the League Cup final is definitely not pointless.

Could the unthinkable happen? Could Leicester really go down? It's a huge game for the Foxes on Monday night as Liverpool come to the King Power and now they don't have a manager! The hosts are in real trouble, without a goal or a Premier League point so far in 2017 they sacked Claudio Ranieri and need to start firing on the pitch.

Elsewhere, the first silverware of the season is up for grabs in the EFL Cup final between Manchester United and Southampton.

Have your say on that and all the rest of...

 By Max Hicks

Swansea's aerial threat could pay off against water-tight Chelsea defence

Fernando Llorente's ability in the air could catch Chelsea's defence out on Saturday.

Swansea's magnificent resurgence under new boss Paul Clement could stall temporarily on Saturday as the Welsh club visit runaway league leaders Chelsea, unbeaten at home in 11 games. However, in their last league game Chelsea were held to a draw by Burnley. If Swansea can emulate certain aspects of Burnley's performance from that match, they could give Chelsea a tough time.

To earn Burnley a point, Sean Dyche deployed his favoured 4-4-2 to counter Antonio Conte's 3-4-3, used two defensive banks...

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Clement proving himself as a manager as Swansea climb the Premier League

Paul Clement reflects on his side's 2-0 win over Leicester as Swansea try to fight their way out of the relegation zone.
ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik blasts Leicester City after their loss to Swansea and sorts out the rest of the relegation battle.
ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik blasts Leicester City after their loss to Swansea and sorts out the rest of the relegation battle.

Paul Clement is transforming Swansea City. From rock bottom of the Premier League on New Year's Day to 15th on Valentine's Day, Swans are taking flight in a manner that appeared beyond them during Bob Bradley's 85 days in charge.

Since Clement's Jan. 3 appointment, four wins from six matches have not only hauled Swansea from the mire, but pulled others down. Among those to have beaten are champions Leicester and Crystal Palace, both of whom now look up at the Welsh club.

Clement is Swansea's third...