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Hazard, Giroud ready to thrash Crystal palace ..

04 November, 2018, 21:46 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Wilfried Zaha has scored three goals so far this season

FW Alvaro Morata, 8 - Seems to have rediscovered his instinctive touch in the penalty area and took his tally to five goals in his last six Chelsea appearances in all competitions.

Chelsea struggled to break Palace down for much of a frustrating opening half, but they nudged ahead with their first shot on target in the 32nd minute.

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.

It has been suggested by some that Chelsea's defensive flaws are the inevitable result of their personnel, with Jorginho's athletic limitations at the base of midfield, Marcos Alonso's positional issues and David Luiz's decision-making all cited as contributing factors.

Alvaro Morata scored twice as Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 3-1 to give Maurizio Sarri a record-equalling start to Premier League management. Game on! 1-1!

Chelsea's win saw them move up to second in the Premier League, two points behind leaders Manchester City.

Chelsea FC haven't won the Premier League title since 2016-17 when Conte led the Blues to title glory in his first season in charge of the west London side.




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. "It is better to play and get experience".

There can rarely be a side more in need of a proper centre-forward than Crystal Palace.

The Blues are now unbeaten after 10 games in the league, including draws against Liverpool and Manchester United and a win over Arsenal - amid other confident wins.

Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater are not in his tactical plans this season, but added that he will rotate his team more during the frantic festive fixture schedule.

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

That is broadly because Zaha is his club's biggest creative danger and its main goal threat, a man trying to be in two places at once.

Chelsea have been in formidable goalscoring form in the Premier League this season, scoring 24 goals in their 10 games so far. His only other options? Potentially he can be (a top striker at a top club).

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