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

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

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

"I don't think we were confronted with lots of goal chances and we kept them at bay pretty well, but they were clinical".

Chelsea's game against Crystal Palace can be viewed by United Kingdom residents on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, channels 401 and 402 respectively on Sky and channels 501 and 502 respectively for Virgin Media users.

In 21 matches with the big six sides at home against the rest in the Premier League this season, the top clubs have won 20 and drawn one... Chelsea go 3-1 up!

And boss Sarri believes the Spaniard has now turned the corner.

"But I think, also, that Alvaro has a very great physical and technical potential, so I think he can improve more". The match starts at 16:00 on 4 November 2018.

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

Up ahead in attack, the good news is that Eden Hazard is available.

While unbeaten Chelsea stay two points behind leaders Manchester City, Palace remain three points above the relegation zone after a seventh defeat in 11 league games.

The England global is vying for a midfield place with N'Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas, as well as summer arrivals Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic. Eden Hazard is likely to return to the side, whilst Wilfred Zaha should be back for the Eagles after knocking his shoulder against Arsenal.

However, Sarri has switched back to an unorthodox four-man defence to leave Alonso with less cover at the back and the former Bolton star has been forced to adopt more defensive responsibility this term.

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.

Towards full-time, Chelsea made it three when Pedro thumped a low from the centre of the box after a low and hard cross.

Chelsea have been in formidable goalscoring form in the Premier League this season, scoring 24 goals in their 10 games so far. Zaha has recovered in time for the game.

He's been unusually wasteful in possession - and Chelsea fans are not impressed.

And should Hazard be able to come on later in the game, the Belgian can add pace to Chelsea's attack as he did at the start of the season against Huddersfield - setting up goals.

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