Townsend: Crystal Palace will learn from Chelsea defeat

Townsend: Crystal Palace will learn from Chelsea defeat

The Blues failed to find a second in a timely manner and subsequently provided Crystal Palace with an avenue back into the game.

Jack Lang thinks the Eagles will look to keep things tight early on at Stamford Bridge. His current demeanour, though, should betray growing belief.

Alvaro Morata's purple patch continued as he scored twice in another Chelsea victory.

Chelsea extended their unbeaten streak with their win against Palace.

Last week against Burnley, Chelsea proved they can manage without Eden Hazard, scoring four goals with four different goalscorers and will have to do so again for at least a half with the Belgian not fully fit.

Palace are now without a win in six league matches.

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.

They were pegged back in the second half as Andros Townsend equalised, but Eden Hazard set up Morata to make it 2-1 less than two minutes after coming off the bench.

The Belgium global immediately set up Alvaro Morata's second of the afternoon with a fine free kick. Game on! 1-1!

Maurizio Sarri's side now sit third in the table - two points adrift of joint leaders Manchester City and Liverpool - following last weekend's win at Burnley so Chelsea will be desperate to maintain the pressure with another victory in west London on Sunday.

The last manager to avoid a loss for as long in their first Premier League season in charge was Frank Clark, whose Nottingham Forest side were unbeaten across their first 11 games in 1994. "It is better to play and get experience".

Sarri has used just 19 different players in the Premier League this season - Wolves (17) are the only team to have fielded fewer - and several of the players on the fringes of Chelsea's squad have publicly expressed frustration with their lack of minutes.

When is Chelsea vs Crystal Palace?

In the opening stages of this game, Roy Hodgson's men were so positive that optimism grew for a genuine contest.

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

The same is true of seven of Chelsea's 10 matches, indicating that they too tend to do much of their best work when teams tire late on. However, despite the inroads made by the brilliant forward, Palace could not convert their chances.

"It is not easy but it is not easy also at the other big clubs".

James McArthur fed Townsend, who surged by the Brazil defender and held him off before finishing superbly for his first goal in 20 league games. Potentially he can be (a top striker at a top club).

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