Chelsea continued their unbeaten start to the Premier League season as they picked up a 3-1 triumph over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. Alvaro Morata opened the scoring for the Blues before the break but they were pegged back thereafter with Andros Townsend levelling the scores in the 53rd minute. Thereon, the hosts piled the pressure on the Eagles and they led for the second time in the game from a low-driven shot from Morata in the 65th minute. Few moments later, Pedro put the result to bed with the Blues’ third goal of the derby.
Two things we learned:
Alvaro Morata reviving his confidence: The Spain international came for stick from both fans and pundits alike following a slow start to the season where he was once more guilty of missing clear-cut chances. However, his fortunes have somewhat changed over the past month and following his Eagles brace, he now has five goals from his previous six appearances. Against Palace, Morata should have bagged the hat-trick but for him squandering a wonderful chance. Still overall, Maurizio Sarri should be relieved with striker scoring regularly, given Olivier Giroud has yet to get off the mark for the Blues this term.
Crystal Palace struggling for form: Roy Hodgson’s side appeared to have turned the corner after bagging a well-earned point in a 2-2 draw against Arsenal last weekend but they could not replicate the result at Stamford Bridge. Palace only managed just two efforts on target in the whole game and their defensive approach meant that they ultimately succumbed to a seventh league defeat in just 11 matches. Palace have genuinely had concerns in the scoring department this term with just one goal in every other game and this surely does not put them in good stead with tough fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United to come hereafter.
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