Chelsea's Diego Costa (right) celebrates with teammates after scoring against  West Ham
Chelsea's Diego Costa (right) celebrates with teammates after scoring against West Ham HANNAH MCKAY

Chelsea consolidates lead at top of EPL table

FOOTBALL: Chelsea cruised to a 2-1 win over London rival West Ham United to restore its 10-point buffer at the top of the English Premier League table.

Antonio Conte's side have now won 21 of its 27 league matches this season, and have 66 points to be clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester City can reduce the gap to eight if they beat Stoke City on Thursday morning (6am AEST).

Eden Hazard gave the Blues an early lead before Diego Costa scored a second just after the break at London Stadium.

Manuel Lanzini grabbed a consolation goal for the Hammers in added time.

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Antonio Conte celebrates his team's win at the London Stadium HANNAH MCKAY

It was somewhat retribution for Chelsea after West Ham knocked the Blues out of this season's League Cup.

"We controlled the game. It's a pity for the goal we conceded at the end,” Conte said. "But I'm pleased. We showed great concentration and commitment and will to win.”

EPL STANDINGS: Chelsea 66; Tottenham 56; Man City 55; Liverpool 52; Arsenal 50; Man Utd 49; Everton 44; West Brom 40; Stoke City 35; Southampton 33