Diego Costa continued his seamless introduction to the Premier League with his second goal in a week as Chelsea beat Leicester City 2-0.
Jose Mourinho’s title hopefuls turned in a dazzling display to beat Burnley 3-1 in their opening fixture, with Spaniard Costa starring, but they found another newly promoted team a far tougher nut to crack on Saturday.
Home goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was every bit as busy as his Leicester counterpart Kasper Schmeichel during the opening hour, with David Nugent’s failure to capitalise on a 55th-minute opening particularly costly for the visitors.
But, following a low-key first half, Mourinho’s decision to push his full-backs forward after the interval paid dividends, with Branislav Ivanovic creating a scruffy 63rd-minute goal for Costa to break the deadlock.
It continued the flying start to his Chelsea career for the big-money arrival from Atletico Madrid and provided Mourinho with a welcome display of the cutting edge that Chelsea lacked in their push for Premier League honours last season.
Eden Hazard once again showed his class with a wonderful solo effort to seal the points, netting the second with 13 minutes left to seal the points.
The hosts pushed forward early on and Cesc Fabregas – who had performed a star turn on his debut at Burnley – played in Costa to set up Andre Schurrle in the eighth minute, but the Germany international shot over.
Aston Villa 0 – 0 Newcastle United
Chelsea 2 – 0 Leicester City
Crystal Palace 1 – 3 West Ham United
Southampton 0 – 0 West Bromwich Albion
Swansea City 1 – 0 Burnley