Victor Moses named Goal Africa Player of the Year for 2017

31 December, 2017, 07:41 | Author: Alyssa Little
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Just Chelsea's second penalty of the season handed Willian the chance to get the goal his performance deserved, a chance he didn't pass up, whilst Zappacosta got in on the act with a crisp left-foot drive from Josh Tymon's ill-fated knockdown.

Chelsea eased to a 5-0 victory against a much-changed Stoke City side in their English Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Everton boss Sam Allardyce was unbeaten in seven games in all competitions since replacing Ronald Koeman, but Fraser ended that run with his 89th-minute strike.

Victory means Chelsea reduce the gap behind Manchester City to 13 points, with City facing Crystal Palace on Sunday, while Stoke stay two points above the relegation zone.

"All the players are available - the same players in the last game are available", said the Italian (via Metro).

The Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke will be broadcast online.

Though Nigerian star, Wilfred Ndidi, has also enjoyed a blistering 2017, his club Leicester City were beaten 2-1 at Anfield by Liverpool.

And Willian stepped up to convert a 73rd-minute penalty after being fouled by Geoff Cameron, to make it 4-0.

     Antonio Conte admits it will be tough to catch Manchester City
Getty Antonio Conte admits it will be tough to catch Manchester City

The Egypt worldwide took his tally to 23 for the campaign, with 17 in the league, with a second-half double to reach the same mark set by Hunt in 1961-62.

Thibaut Courtois will likely start between the sticks, with Antonio Rudiger making way for Andreas Christensen to come in and join Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta in defence.

Rafael Benitez was left frustrated after a 0-0 draw as misfiring Newcastle failed to claim the three points they had targeted against Brighton.

"Winning the league is the most important one", Moses told the official Chelsea website. "We have a lot of great games to face".

Swansea are two points from safety after their first win in five games.

After a quiet spell, Chelsea extended their lead on 24 minutes when Willian picked out Pedro, who skipped past his marker before rifling the ball into the far corner from the edge of the box, 3-0.

Jordan Ayew and Luciano Narsingh struck in the closing stages to cancel out Andre Carrillo's opener for the home side, who dominated the match but were punished after substitute Andre Gray missed a sitter.

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