Chelsea’s Premier League title bid was boosted by a 7-0 demolition of Stoke on Sunday with Salomon Kalou scoring a hat trick.
Frank Lampard also scored twice, while Daniel Sturridge and Florent Malouda added late goals to give Chelsea a one-point lead over defending champion Manchester United and a goal difference advantage of eight.
Chelsea will win its first championship title since 2006 if it beats Liverpool and Wigan in its last two games.
Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen was injured trying to block Kalou’s second goal. The Danish international was carried off on a stretch with a suspected fractured elbow.
Earlier, at Birmingham, Aston Villa maintained their bid for a place in next season’s Champions League after a late and contentious penalty from James Milner secured a 1-0 derby win over Birmingham City here on Sunday. There were just seven minutes left when England international Milner scored from the spot after referee Martin Atkinson ruled City defender Roger Johnson had brought down Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor in the box. In another late match between Chelsea and Stoke City.