London: Chelsea extended their Premier League lead with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Norwich, and defending champion Manchester City climbed to second place by comprehensively beating Sunderland 3-0 on Saturday.
Chelsea fought back quickly after Grant Holt’s opener for Norwich in the 11th minute, with Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard scoring before the break.
Branislav Ivanovic fired in a late fourth as Chelsea went four points ahead at the top of the league in their best start since the 2005-06 season.
City rose to second after goals from Aleksandar Kolarov, Sergio Aguero and James Milner.
Everton slipped to third after being held to a 2-2 draw by Wigan, while West Bromwich Albion maintained their strong start with a 3-2 victory over bottom-place Queens Park Rangers.
Swansea recovered from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Reading.
Chelsea’s victory was overshadowed by the lingering fallout from John Terry’s racism case, a year after he racially abused Anton Ferdinand.
Ashley Cole inflamed the situation on Friday when he responded to criticism of his evidence in Terry’s judgment by blasting the FA with an obscene Twitter posting. Chelsea is now set to fine Cole.
In Upton Park, Arsenal beat West Ham 3-1.
While Mohammed Diame netted the first goal of the match for West Ham, Oliver Giroud, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla scored for the Gunners.