Townsend: Crystal Palace will learn from Chelsea defeat

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Chelsea face Crystal Palace on Sunday in the Premier League as they aim to extend their unbeaten run in the competition to 11 games. Chelsea go 3-1 up!

Chelsea kept the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League with a victory over Crystal Palace.

Tomkins played the ball out from the back and Townsend laid it off to James McArthur before sprinting past David Luiz to collect the Scottish midfielder's return pass and shoot beyond keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Had he been partnered by a proper striker, then who knows what might have possible in this game and where they might sit in the table, instead of 14th with only eight goals to their name. Pedro wanders into the box and latches onto the cross from Alonso!

Chelsea took the lead in the first-half through Alvaro Morata.

The Spaniard has often cut a disconsolate figure at Chelsea during his dry spells in front of goal, and Sarri believes the solution is for him to focus on his all-around performances rather than judging himself purely on finding the net. Could do nothing about Townsend's neat finish to bring Palace level. Shortly afterward Pedro swept home to make it 3-1 and the game was safe.

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"Sometimes we are in the wrong positions like in the last matches, so it is impossible to recover the ball and not to give spaces to the opponent for the counter-attacks".

This smart video from Chelsea seems to neatly sum up the rich vein of form the Blues are in at the minute.

There can rarely be a side more in need of a proper centre-forward than Crystal Palace. A win or draw today will mean that Chelsea will be eleven games undefeated in the league. However, since 2015/16, Zaha has been booked four times for diving in the Premier League, more than any other player. The Blues may have lost two of the last three league meetings between the sides, but they are a different proposition under Sarri and it would take a fearless punter to oppose them here. Stick around for all the latest team news, Live Match Commentary & Goals as they go in!

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Wednesday's scrappy win in the Frank Lampard Clásico is unlikely to stop Maurizio Sarri ringing the changes on Sunday, but the Italian will no doubt have been pleased enough with what he saw. It promises to be a hoot!

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