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Chelsea beats Stoke 2-0 on goals by Terry and Fabregas to restore 3-point Premier League lead

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John Terry got away from American Geoff Cameron to score his first league goal since December 2013, helping Chelsea win 2-0 at Stoke on Monday night to restore a three-point lead atop the Premier League.

PHOTO: Chelsea's John Terry (26) heads the ball to score against Stoke during the English Premier League soccer match between Stoke City and Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium, in Stoke on Trent, England, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Chelsea's John Terry (26) heads the ball to score against Stoke during the English Premier League soccer match between Stoke City and Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium, in Stoke on Trent, England, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Terry outjumped Cameron 95 seconds in to score with a 7-yard header off Cesc Fabregas' corner kick, giving Terry goals in 15 consecutive Premier League seasons. Fabregas doubled the lead in the 78th when he scored from 8 yards off a pass from Eden Hazard.

Chelsea could have had another goal in the 31st minute after Nemanja Matic dispossessed Cameron, and Diego Costa broke in on goalkeeper Asmir Begovic only to shoot wide.

Chelsea (13-1-3) has 42 points, and defending champion Manchester City (12-2-3) has 39. Seven of the last 10 clubs to lead at Christmas have gone on to win the title, all except for Arsenal in 2007-08 and Liverpool in 2008-09 and last year, according to STATS. Chelsea led at Christmas when its three titles during the Premier League era, in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2009-10.

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PHOTO: Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas celebrates after scoring against Stoke during the English Premier League soccer match between Stoke City and Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium, in Stoke on Trent, England, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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