Palace’s rapid start to the season – which saw them push into the top six early on – has been pegged back by a run of four games without a win, three of which have been defeats.
Tammy Abraham added his tenth goal of the season with a classy finish before Christian Pulisic headed in from close-range to move Chelsea up into second in the Premier League.
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Tammy Abraham scored as Chelsea made it six straight Premier League wins, beating a Crystal Palace lacking creativity
Abraham netted his tenth top-flight goal of the campaign with a classy finish in the second half at Stamford Bridge
The Englishman’s strike earned a deserved lead after a first-half of relentless pressure on the well organised Palace defence
Palace fell to their third defeat in four games, slowing their progress after a blistering start which had them in the early top six
Pulisic added the second to continue his incredible scoring run, netting his fifth in three Premier League games
Willian had another instrumental performance, as the resurgent Brazilian set up Abraham’s opener with a classy flick
Reece James and Wilfred Zaha were engaged in a fascinating battle, as James largely contained the talented winger
Gary Cahill returned to Stamford Bridge after leaving in the summer. The center-back has been vital in Palace’s strong start
Cahill – who won the Champions League and two Premiership titles with Chelsea – did well to largely deal with Abraham
Ngolo Kante’s early season has been blighted by injury, as the Frenchman returned after missing the last three games
Frank Lampard was frustrated in the first-half by an organised Palace, but Chelsea found a way through in the second 45
Stamford Bridge remembered the fallen of World War I with a special banner before a minutes silence was observed
Season at a glance
- Premier League
- Premier League
- League One
- League Two
- Scottish Premiership
- Scottish Div 1
- Scottish Div 2
- Scottish Div 3
- Ligue 1
- Serie A
- La Liga
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, James, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson Palmieri; Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Mount, Pulisic; Abraham.
Subs: Christensen, Caballero, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, Azpilicueta, Gilmour.
Goals: Abraham, Pulisic
Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Tomkins, Cahill, van Aanholt; Townsend, Kouyate, Milivojevic, McArthur, Zaha; Ayew.
Subs: Dann, Hennessey, Schlupp, Benteke, McCarthy, Kelly, Riedewald
Referee: Mike Dean