Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic were on target as Chelsea beat Watford 2-1 to earn a fifth consecutive victory.
Chelsea took the lead after five minutes, Jorginho’s perfectly weighted through-ball finding Abraham, who lobbed the ball over Ben Foster for his ninth goal of the season.
Foster denied Abraham a second and spectacularly saved efforts from Pulisic and Mason Mount, while Gerard Deulofeu flashed a shot narrowly wide for Watford.
Pulisic grabbed a deserved second for Chelsea on 55 minutes, tapping in Abraham’s low cross from four yards.
Deulofeu pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in the 80th minute, with the VAR identifying a clear trip on the Spaniard by Jorginho.
Kepa Arrizabalaga saved dramatically in stoppage time from Foster, who had come up for a free-kick in a last throw of the dice, to ensure Chelsea move up a spot to third on 23 points.
Watford stay bottom with five points.
Watford: 8 Nov v Norwich (A)
Chelsea: 9 Nov v Crystal Palace (H)
Referee: Anthony Taylor. Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn. Fourth official: David Coote. VAR: Mike Dean. Assistant VAR: Stephen Child.