Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

English Premier League match report Chelsea v Crystal Palace 04 November 2018

English Premier League match report Chelsea v Crystal Palace 04 November 2018

Crystal Palace visit the west Londoners' home on Sunday afternoon, but the hosts will certainly be the favourites to win this game against a side that has only two wins in the last 10 matches.

Crystal Palace have had Chelsea's number recently, winning two of the past three matches, but Sarri's side should be too much on Sunday.

Morata struggled for form at the start of the season but his two goals against Palace means he has scored four in his last four Premier League matches.

Morata opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark and struck again midway through the second half to restore the Blues' lead after Andros Townsend had equalised.

Sarri's men have won all five of their cup games in the Europa League and the League Cup to barely put a foot wrong under the former Napoli manager.

Zaha is the Premier League's most significant "MVP", the player on whom his team relies most, and particularly in the early stages he caused havoc in a Chelsea defence that can look shaky.

DF David Luiz, 6 - Did well to keep his cool when Zaha isolated him in the first half but his poor positioning contributed to their equaliser, as he was sucked towards the ball and then could not keep up with Townsend running in behind.

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

His introduction for the first time since the draw with Manchester United appeared more likely when Palace levelled after Luiz had been caught cold. Had he been partnered by a proper striker, then who knows what might have possible in this game and where they might sit in the table, instead of 14th with only eight goals to their name.

Morata had a header saved by Wayne Hennessey, but was offside anyway.

MF Ross Barkley, 6 - His least decisive performance of recent weeks, and was solid without ever threatening to be decisive before Mateo Kovacic replaced him in the 64th minute.

The Belgium playmaker's free-kick bounced through to Morata at the far post.

And Pedro made it 3-1 by meeting Marcos Alonso's low cross with an emphatic first-time finish with 20 minutes remaining.

"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". His attempted lob of Hennessey was poorly executed and held by the goalkeeper.

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