Chelsea vs Crystal Palace predictions and match preview

Ruben Holloway
November 4, 2018

A double from Alvaro Morata steered Chelsea to a comprehensive 3-1 win over Crystal Palace to close the gap on leaders Manchester City.

Palace are now without a win in six league matches.

Just like Moses, Loftus-Cheek is yet to start a Premier League match this season, although he recently hit a hat-trick against BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

Chelsea boss Sarri will equal the 11 Premier League matches without defeat that Clark racked up as the new manager of Nottingham Forest back in 1994, should the Blues avoid defeat at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

The Italian resisted the temptation to tinker with the line-up which secured a 4-0 win at Burnley, leaving Hazard on the substitutes' bench.

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'You don't expect an injury and I played when not fit, now the team is good and it's time to enjoy this'.

The German winger then had a shot blocked by David Luiz, who next delayed Zaha long enough for the forward to pass into space, his team-mates failing to keep up.

Key Stat: Both teams have scored in the past three meetings between Chelsea and Crystal Palace.

After his cross from the right was headed back towards him by Palace defender James Tomkins, Pedro fired the ball across the face of goal and Morata was on hand to steer it past Wayne Hennessy.

But while Maurizio Sarri's men looked to have settled into the game, they failed to press home the advantage and were made to pay seven minutes into the second half.

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Granted, those were against Liverpool and Manchester United, but had they thrown away more points after going in front, as they looked in danger of doing when Townsend levelled the scores, questions might have been asked about their mental fortitude.

Sarri rested Barkley on Wednesday, with Mateo Kovacic getting the start instead.

Chelsea have been in formidable goalscoring form in the Premier League this season, scoring 24 goals in their 10 games so far. The Spaniard controlled the ball beautifully in the penalty area.

DF Marcos Alonso, 7 - Found very little space to make an impact as Palace defended deep and in numbers in the first half, but his relentless ambition paid off after the break as he found Pedro with a low cross for Chelsea's third.

"To get the most out of Eden Hazard you probably don't want Antonio Conte to be his manager because there has been great difficulty in that relationship".

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