Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace: Frank Lampard's side move up to second with sixth straight win

Published on: 09 November 2019

Tammy Abraham is the second youngest player to reach double figures in Premier League goals for Chelsea, after Arjen Robben

Chelsea recorded a sixth consecutive Premier League win for the first time since their title-winning season of 2016-17 as they moved up to second in the table.

The Blues' victory over Crystal Palace means they are now five points behind leaders Liverpool.

Frank Lampard's side moved above Manchester City, who play leaders Liverpool on Sunday, and could be leapfrogged by Leicester City, who host Arsenal at 17:30 GMT on Saturday.

Tammy Abraham's 10th league goal of the season and Christian Pulisic's header ensured the win against a resolute Palace side who barely got out of their own half during the first period.

And after dominating a goalless opening half, Chelsea finally made the breakthrough when Mateo Kovacic and Willian combined to release Abraham - with the forward stroking a right-foot effort into the bottom right corner from 10 yards.

James Tomkins missed a glorious opportunity to equalise for the Eagles, heading Luka Milivojevic's right-wing delivery wide from six yards.

But Chelsea more than merited their win, with Pulisic wrapping up the points with a close-range header after Michy Batshuayi's deflected shot fell into his path.

Palace's defeat, their third in four games, leaves them ninth in the table.

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    Line-ups Match Stats Live Text

Line-ups

Chelsea

    1Arrizabalaga

    24James

    15Zouma

    29Tomori

    33EmersonBooked at 31mins

    7Kanté

    17KovacicBooked at 33mins

    10WillianBooked at 17mins

    19MountSubstituted forGilmourat 87'minutes

    22PulisicSubstituted forHudson-Odoiat 80'minutes

    9AbrahamSubstituted forBatshuayiat 73'minutes

Substitutes

    4Christensen

    13Caballero

    18Giroud

    20Hudson-Odoi

    23Batshuayi

    28Azpilicueta

    47Gilmour

Crystal Palace

    31Guaita

    2WardSubstituted forKellyat 44'minutes

    5Tomkins

    24Cahill

    3van Aanholt

    10Townsend

    8KouyatéSubstituted forMcCarthyat 82'minutesBooked at 90mins

    4Milivojevic

    18McArthurSubstituted forSchluppat 70'minutes

    11ZahaBooked at 21mins

    9J Ayew

Substitutes

    6Dann

    13Hennessey

    15Schlupp

    17Benteke

    22McCarthy

    34Kelly

    44Riedewald

Referee:

Mike Dean

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamCrystal Palace

Possession

Home60%

Away40%

Shots

Home23

Away3

Shots on Target

Home5

Away1

Corners

Home7

Away0

Fouls

Home9

Away17

Live Text

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Match ends, Chelsea 2, Crystal Palace 0.

Full TimePosted at 90'+5'

Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Crystal Palace 0.

Posted at 90'+4'

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Emerson from a direct free kick.

BookingPosted at 90'+3'

James McCarthy (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Posted at 90'+3'

Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at 90'+3'

Foul by James McCarthy (Crystal Palace).

Posted at 90'+1'

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Martin Kelly.

Posted at 90'+1'

Attempt blocked. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by N'Golo Kanté with a cross.

Posted at 89'

Foul by Reece James (Chelsea).

Posted at 89'

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Posted at 88'

Attempt missed. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Billy Gilmour.

SubstitutionPosted at 87'

Substitution, Chelsea. Billy Gilmour replaces Mason Mount.

Posted at 87'

Foul by Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea).

Posted at 87'

Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 86'

Attempt saved. James McCarthy (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Posted at 84'

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at 84'

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace).

SubstitutionPosted at 82'

Substitution, Crystal Palace. James McCarthy replaces Cheikhou Kouyaté.

SubstitutionPosted at 80'

Substitution, Chelsea. Callum Hudson-Odoi replaces Christian Pulisic.

Goal!Posted at 79'

Goal! Chelsea 2, Crystal Palace 0. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) header from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Posted at 79'

Attempt blocked. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Pulisic.

Posted at 77'

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Vicente Guaita.

Posted at 76'

Attempt blocked. Mason Mount (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

Posted at 75'

Foul by N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea).

Posted at 75'

Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

SubstitutionPosted at 73'

Substitution, Chelsea. Michy Batshuayi replaces Tammy Abraham.

Posted at 70'

Attempt missed. James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic with a cross following a set piece situation.

SubstitutionPosted at 70'

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jeffrey Schlupp replaces James McArthur.

Posted at 69'

Foul by Kurt Zouma (Chelsea).

Posted at 69'

Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Posted at 67'

Attempt missed. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Mason Mount.

Posted at 66'

Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 66'

Foul by Gary Cahill (Crystal Palace).

Posted at 61'

Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Posted at 61'

Foul by Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).

Posted at 60'

Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Willian.

Posted at 59'

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Vicente Guaita.

Posted at 59'

Attempt saved. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.

Posted at 56'

Foul by N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea).

Posted at 56'

James McArthur (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Source: bbc.com

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