Chelsea v Crystal Palace: Blues may take time to secure win

04 November, 2018, 23:27 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Wilfried Zaha has scored three goals so far this season

The win maintained Chelsea's unbeaten start under Sarri and took them above Liverpool into second place, two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Morata gave Chelsea the lead by finishing well after good work from Pedro, but Palace levelled when a one-two with James McArthur caught David Luiz out of position and Andros Townsend beat Kepa Arrizabalaga with a fine drive.

Maurizio Sarri is refusing to think about equalling Frank Clark's record unbeaten run for a new Premier League manager in Sunday's clash with Crystal Palace. The double strike means the Spanish worldwide has five goals in his last six games in all competitions which, considering he has spent much of the season on the bench behind Olivier Giroud, is not bad at all.

- Townsend has scored three Premier League goals against Chelsea - more than he has against any other opponent.

"Last season [moving to Palace on loan] was a decision I made because I hadn't played any football really, at the age of 21, and last season was great for me at Palace". The Eagles tend to keep things tight away from home, in the hope of snatching a late victor; all of their away games have gone under the 1.5-goal line at half-time.

It wasn't until Sarri summoned Hazard and Mateo Kovacic from the bench in the 64th minute that Chelsea took control. 3-1 to Chelsea. He plays with more continuity from the team.

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Eden Hazard is in contention to feature for Chelsea, when they play hosts to Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.

The Spaniard has often cut a disconsolate figure at Chelsea during his dry spells in front of goal, and Sarri believes the solution is for him to focus on his all-around performances rather than judging himself purely on finding the net.

It is also the first time in 30 years that three teams in England's top division have remained unbeaten after 11 rounds of fixtures.

Palace should welcome Wilfried Zaha back in to the side after he recovered from a minor shoulder problem that kept him out of the League Cup defeat to Middlesbrough.

And with Eden Hazard also likely to miss out on the full match, Barkley will be required to get involved in attacking the Palace goal, testing Wayne Hennessey.

Marcos Alonso's low cross from the left was met by his compatriot Pedro, who applied a confident first-time finish past a helpless Hennessey as Chelsea finally got their two-goal cushion.

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