Tottenham Hotspur's surprise defeat at West Ham United last week handed Chelsea the advantage. Chelsea were without their injured France global N'Golo Kante, who won this season's PFA and football writers' Player of the Year awards, but Spaniard Cesc Fabregas controlled the midfield with nearly languid confidence in his absence.
And so, another routine victory for Antonio Conte's champions elect, who could seal the deal if/when they manage to beat West Brom this coming Friday.
Defender Gareth McAuley said: "They're a top, top side, but over the years we've had good games against them and we've had a few good results at The Hawthorns, so we'll be turning up confident and trying to win the game". If Tottenham losses that game then also Chelsea will lift the title.
Since the start of April, WBA have won only two points from six Premier League games (W0 D2 L4) - the worst record in the competition in this period. This team will be low on motivation and although they will want to win, the determination will be a determining factor. "They went down and the supporters stayed there".
As one of the highest-profile players to fall out of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte's starting lineup earlier in the season, Fabregas has maintained an exemplary attitude throughout, while remaining ready to contribute at every opportunity.
After losing to goals from Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic, Agnew told of how everybody was devastated.
Middlesbrough failed to heed the warning as it continued to allow Fabregas far too much space to operate, and was punished in the 23rd. In the 36 games, Boro have failed to score in exactly half of the matches. We must focus and prepare well for this game.
He added: "The most important thing is we finish the season strong, we make sure we gain more points and then everything moving forward will be towards getting members of the football club back into the Premier League as soon as possible".
Boro won promotion as runners-up in the Championship last season but sacked manager Aitor Karanka in March after a dismal run which included four victories in 27 league games. The credit for this massive turnaround should go to Conte who have helped the side to the title.