Chelsea ease past Crystal Palace to extend unbeaten start

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Alvaro Morata has spoken out about his late miss in Chelsea's 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace which denied him his hat-trick.

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has refused to think about equalling Frank Clark's record of an unbeaten run for a new Premier League manager ahead of the clash with Crystal Palace.

Palace's hopes of securing a crucial point vanished when they conceded two goals in five second-half minutes.

Sarri sensed that little was being offered in the way of direct service to the 18-yard box, and in response brought on Eden Hazard and Mateo Kovacic, with the former helping to restore Chelsea's lead within just a minute of coming off the bench. Sarri is expected to give the nod to the Englishman, who has been very impressive in the last few games this season, the rest of the midfield unit should be completed by N'Golo Kante and Jorginho. I made a lot of steps previous year.

Loftus-Cheek impressed once again against Derby on Wednesday and with Eden Hazard not fit enough to start, there were suggestions Maurizio Sarri may put his faith in the 22-year-old this afternoon. He improved also from a tactical and technical point of view. More often than not he is double-marked, with any opposition team safe in the knowledge they do not have much else to worry about.

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Suddenly Palace began to look a lot more unsafe as they went in search of the lead, although Chelsea should have regained their advantage shortly after the hour mark when Luiz found himself unmarked from Willian's free kick, only to see his header well saved by Hennessey.

He has now scored seven Premier League goals already this season and would love to increase that tally against Crystal Palace on Sunday, as he could play a role with a comeback from an injury. Chelsea have won 25 games against the Eagles in all competitions including to win the Premier League title in 2014/15, while Palace have come out on top 12 times with 15 draws.

Palace should welcome Wilfried Zaha back in to the side after he recovered from a minor shoulder problem that kept him out of the League Cup defeat to Middlesbrough. He scored three goals and provided two assists for his teammates.

Chelsea have been in formidable goalscoring form in the Premier League this season, scoring 24 goals in their 10 games so far.

Barkley also forced his way back in the England squad.