Callum Hudson-Odoi slotted his first Premier League goal to put the seal on Chelsea’s crucial 3-0 home win over Burnley.

Jorginho set the Blues rolling with a coolly-converted penalty, with Tammy Abraham heading his 13th league goal of the campaign from a stunning Reece James cross.

Hudson-Odoi then slid home the third to cement a vital victory for the Blues and raise hopes the England forward can now strike back to his very best.

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The 19-year-old tore his Achilles tendon in the 2-2 draw with Burnley at Stamford Bridge in April, cruelly cutting short his hugely-impressive breakthrough campaign with both club and country.

The Blues’ highly-rated academy graduate fought back ahead of schedule to make a playing return in September, but has been scrapping for top form ever since.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has pledged to stand by the England winger, who last season signed a five-year deal to spurn the advances of Bayern Munich and commit his long-term future to the Blues.

Hudson-Odoi had been on the receiving end of social media criticism after a below-par showing in Chelsea’s 2-0 home loss to Southampton on Boxing Day.

But now he has struck twice in two games, with his maiden Premier League goal coming off the back of a morale-boosting finish in last weekend’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.

And by the end of this commanding win, Hudson-Odoi was playing with the kind of exuberance that so peppered his progress last term until that nasty Achilles injury.

Everton continued their improvement under new boss Carlo Ancelotti with a 1-0 home win over Brighton.

Richarlison fired the Toffees in front with a curling finish after 38 minutes.

Brighton went close to an equaliser just before the hour when Leandro Trossard’s shot hit the crossbar.

Carlo Ancelott with Fabian Delph after victory over Brighton

In the 77th minute, Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s scrambled goal from an Everton corner was ruled out by VAR for a handball.

Danny Ings’ late strike gave in-form Southampton a hard-earned 2-1 win at second-placed Leicester – who were denied a stoppage-time equaliser by VAR.

Dennis Praet had earlier scored his first Leicester goal in the 14th minute.

However, the Saints – beaten 9-0 by the Foxes at St Mary’s Stadium earlier in the season – soon equalised through Stuart Armstrong’s deflected effort.

Danny Ings' goal secured victory for Southampton

Ings then saw two efforts come back off the crossbar late in the first half and just after the hour, Saints had a penalty overturned by VAR for offside.

Southampton, though, finally got their second goal with just nine minutes left when Ings was played clear and slotted past Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester thought they had secured a point when Jonny Evans headed in from a free-kick – but the goal was ruled offside by VAR.

Wolves and Newcastle played out a 1-1 draw at Molineux. Miguel Almiron put the visitors ahead after seven minutes. Leander Dendoncker, though, soon equalised following a corner.

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