Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News | Expected Line-Ups | Prediction

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News | Expected Line-Ups | Prediction

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News | Expected Line-Ups | Prediction

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes a maturing Alvaro Morata can be the free-scoring striker his side needs after scoring twice in Sunday's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace. Chelsea go 3-1 up!

Sarri has been warning for weeks that Chelsea's defensive frailties will prevent them from keeping pace with City and he was proven right here, as Palace's speed and skill caused them fits on the counter-attack.

Moses was an integral part of Antonio Conte's last two seasons at Stamford Bridge, where he reinvented himself as a wing-back and helped his side to league and FA Cup titles, but has been sparsely used this campaign.

69- Goal! Game over! And with Liverpool facing the Gunners on Saturday evening, this could present a chance for Chelsea to overtake the Reds if things go their way.

FW Willian, 6 - This was his 11th start in a row and while he generally looks more risky cutting in from the left flank, there was a noticeable lack of pop and imagination in his play against Palace's massed defensive ranks. Zaha has recovered in time for the game.

Hazard and Mateo Kovacic were sent on for Willian and Ross Barkley and Hazard had an immediate impact.

This term, the 27-year-old has netted five times in 11 Premier League appearances, and according to The Mirror, Chelsea are eyeing a move for the in-form attacker as a replacement for Eden Hazard. Eden Hazard is likely to return to the side, whilst Wilfred Zaha should be back for the Eagles after knocking his shoulder against Arsenal.

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Crystal Palace have become somewhat of a bogey team for Chelsea, winning two of the past three games at Stamford Bridge. Any fears that Chelsea would struggle to import Sarri's style of football from Naples appear to have been unfounded: 15 games in, they are still unbeaten.

Alvaro Morata continued his recent goalscoring run.

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

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.

"Hazard is Hazard, he is able to do it very often".

"I was really pleased when he came in the other week in that Europa League game and scored a hat-trick".

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