Chelsea found a way to respond properly after their exclusion in the EFL Cup game at home against Manchester United, as the Blues won over Watford on the road last weekend 1:2.
The victory was fully convincing, probably deserved more than just two goals scored, as they opened the clash in the best possible way – with a goal from Abraham in the fifth minute and it was easier for them to play since then, adding the second via Pulisic at the start of the second.
All the home side managed was to reduce via a penalty kick in the 80th minute. The Blues now have five consecutive victories in Premiership, being currently at the third position together with Leicester with just two points behind second-placed Manchester City.
The Blues will miss suspended midfielder Jorginho (11/1). Central back Rudiger (1/0) and midfielders Barkley (6/0) and Mount (11/4) are doubtful for the moment.
Crystal Palace is now coming from their third straight game without a victory, but we can’t speak about the crisis simply since the team had a very difficult schedule and even managed to get a point away to Arsenal in between their losses to Manchester City and Leicester both at home with the same 2:0 result.
Most recently it was against the Foxes on Sunday afternoon, with the guests simply doing enough to get the victory they deserved.
Crystal Palace now remains in the middle of the table with fifteen points earned, which is just two less than the fifth-placed Gunners.
The guests will miss central back Sakho (3/0) and offensive Wickham (2/0) due to injuries. Doubtful are midfielder Townsend (9/1) and central back Cahill (9/0) for now.
No doubt that the Blues remain a huge favorite in this one, but the visitors from Crystal Palace have shown many times that they are dangerous in the transition and via counter-attacks.
Set-pieces are another factor that can always bring goals to the visiting team. The Blues didn’t show much of reliability at the back either.