Chelsea and Liverpool continue to lead the way in the Premier League with champions Manchester City trailing two points behind as all three were victorious on their return to action on Saturday.
The Blues made it five wins from as many games under Maurizio Sarri thanks to the brilliance of Eden Hazard, who scored a hat-trick in a convincing 4-1 win over Cardiff to edge ahead of Liverpool on goal difference, after the Reds won 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspurs.
Pep Guardiola’s City remain just two points back, though, and looked back to their best in tearing apart Fulham 3-0 thanks to goals from Leroy Sane, David Silva and Raheem Sterling.
Sane tapped home Fernandinho’s inviting cross inside two minutes before Silva smashed his 50th Premier League goal and Sterling completed the rout.
Cardiff caused a scare at Stamford Bridge when Sol Bamba put them in front early on, but Belgian playmaker Hazard scored twice in seven minutes to send Chelsea in ahead at halftime and completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot before Willian added a delightful fourth.
Mesut Ozil was on target as Arsenal continued to creep up the table with a 2-1 win at Newcastle, while Bournemouth moved up to fifth with an impressive 4-2 victory over 10-man Leicester with Ryan Fraser scoring twice.
Wilfried Zaha proved to be the hero by netting the only goal of the game as Crystal Palace win 1-0 at Huddersfield.