Preview - Chelsea vs Crystal Palace 05 November 18

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Match Day 11
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace
Monday, November 5th 2018
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Last five matches form: D D W D W
Average goals per match: 2.40
Average goals against per match: 0.70
Top Scorer: Eden Hazard (7)

Crystal Palace:
Last five matches form: D L L L D
Average goals per match: 0.70
Average goals against per match: 1.30
Top Scorer: Wilfried Zaha (3)

Chelsea bid to protect one of the three remaining unbeaten records in the Premier League this coming weekend as they welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge.

It was honours even between the sides last season with Chelsea winning this game 2-1 and Crystal Palace winning by the same score line at Stamford Bridge.

The big news on the injury front for the home side is that star man Eden Hazard's back complaint is expected to clear up in time for this game. Other than the slight doubt around Hazard, Chelsea appear to have a fully fit squad from which to select. Christian Benteke, Scott Dann, Joel Ward and Connor Wickham sit this one out for Palace.

Chelsea have lost just two of their past 20 home games in the league, and whilst they have failed to win their last two here, those games did come against Liverpool and Manchester United. The fans at least won't expect Palace to prove so much of a challenge.

Palace's form on the road this season has reflected their form overall i.e. mixed. Winners at both Fulham and Huddersfield, they have been beaten at Everton, Bournemouth and Watford - all of whom are sides inferior to this Chelsea outfit.

Palace did well to get a draw at home to a bang in form Arsenal side last weekend, but did need two penalty kicks to do so. Scoring from open play still seems to be an issue for Roy Hodgson's men and we expect Chelsea to make them pay here.

Prediction: Chelsea 2 - 0 Crystal Palace


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  12 - 7
Shots on target: 8 - 3
Corner Kicks: 4 - 2
Possession: 66% - 34%

Just the one booking in this one with Palace captain Luka Milivojevic having his name taken by referee Michael Oliver.

A comfortable afternoon for Chelsea in the end as like Liverpool and Manchester City they maintain their unbeaten start to the season. With Liverpool dropping two points away at Arsenal, Maurizio Sarri's Blues move up into second spot.

The opening goal came in the 32nd minute. Pedro being found in the right of the area and getting in a low cross to the six-yard box at the second attempt. Excellent control and finish from Alvaro Morata to find the bottom right. 1-0 at the break.

Whilst the lead stood at just one Palace were always in with a chance here and they duly equalised in the 53rd minute. Nice interplay in midfield seeing James McArthur split the Chelsea back four to send Andros Townsend through on goal. Smart finish from Townsend into the bottom left corner.

Chelsea's advantage was restored in the 65th minute and it was that man Morata again. An Eden Hazard free kick from the right making its way to the Spaniard on the back-corner of the six yard box, smart control again on his thigh and a rifled finish into the bottom right.

The home side were afforded a little breathing space in the 70th minute. Good break down the left seeing Marcos Alonso play the ball into the area and into the stride of Pedro to finish first time into the bottom right.

That goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of Palace who never seriously threatened to get back into it from there. 3-1 final score.

Chelsea up to second then. Palace down in 14th.

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