In-form Chelsea extend winning run

English Premier League

Chelsea registered a sixth successive Premier League victory with a 2-0 triumph over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

After becoming Chelsea’s youngest goal-scorer in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, Reece James made his first Premier League start with Ngolo Kante coming in for Jorginho in midfield.

Christian Pulisic almost broke the deadlock after 12 minutes when he skipped one challenge from the left to fire in from a tight angle, but Vicente Guaita, who parried the threat.

The Blues continued pushing afterwards and found their best chance on the stroke of halftime from a Willian tap on the rebound after Guiata spilled, but Gary Cahill pulled a rescuing act.

Chelsea remained positive following the start of the second half and enjoyed a big portion of possession in promising areas of the pitch.

As such the breakthrough came on 52 minutes after Willian released Tammy Abraham in behind the defence with a back-heel to apply a solid finish past Guaita.

Pulisic created uncertainty around the opposing defence before launching a powerful drive from the edge of the area, but Guaita pulled across to pluck the effort from the top corner.

The Eagles carved out a couple of promising moves around the attacking area in pursuit of the equaliser, but the Blues defence remained steadfast.

Chelsea introduced Michy Batshuayi for the goal-scorer Abraham in the 72nd minute as a sign to bring the match to a conclusion.

The second arrived six minutes later when Pulisic grabbed a well-deserved goal after heading in a rebound from close range following a deflected strike from Batshuayi.

Frank Lampard’s side marched on to their sixth successive league victory to head to the International break on form.