Chelsea eased past Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime as the Premier League champions endured another miserable away day.
The home side were dominant throughout, with goals from Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Victor Moses sealing a comfortable and well deserved 3-0 victory.
Leicester have now lost all four of their games on the road this season, conceding 13 goals in the process, as their title defence continues to falter.
For Chelsea, this was a performance that would have left manager Antonio Conte beaming.
Conte laughed off questions about his future on the eve of this match after a flurry of bets on the Italian becoming the next Premier League manage to lose his job.
And he saw his side deliver an outstanding performance from the first whistle to last.
Chelsea were ahead inside seven minutes and it was Costa who made the breakthrough.
Nemanja Matic flicked on an Eden Hazard corner and the Spaniard was left unmarked at the back post to convert his seventh Premier League goal of the season.
Chelsea almost got a second in sensational style midway through the first half as a long-range free-kick from David Luiz came crashing back off Kasper Schmeichel’s right-hand post.
Just three minutes later, however, and the lead was doubled. Hazard – looking a man reborn under Conte – was the scorer as he latched on to Pedro’s flick-on and coolly finished past Schmeichel to claim his third goal of the campaign.
Luiz tried his luck again from a free-kick but this time saw Schmeichel equal to his effort and Leicester would have been grateful not to concede another before the half-time whistle blew.
The Foxes briefly rallied after the break with a decent spell of possession and Luiz almost handed them a route back into the game when got a touch on Albrighton’s cross but, luckily for the Chelsea defender, the ball came crashing back off the post and away to safety.
But Chelsea soon wrestled back control and N’Golo Kante and Matic came close to adding to the scoreline before Moses wrapped up all three points two minutes from time.