Chelsea's Alvaro Morata stars with two-goal performance vs. Crystal Palace

England warm up a training session on 29 October 2018

Eden Hazard is in contention to feature for Chelsea, when they play hosts to Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.

Chelsea struggled to break Palace down for much of a frustrating opening half, but they nudged ahead with their first shot on target in the 32nd minute. They won, but there remains the sense they will pay for their vulnerabilities one day.

The last manager to avoid a loss for as long in their first Premier League season in charge was Frank Clark, whose Nottingham Forest side were unbeaten across their first 11 games in 1994.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is no doubt Chelsea's first-choice goalkeeper and should start between the sticks on Sunday.

52- Goal! Palace are level Andros Townsend drills the ball into the bottom corner on the breakaway!

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DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 6 - Had trouble with Palace's pace down his flank - particularly Zaha and the overlapping Patrick van Aanholt - as Chelsea toiled in the early stages, but stabilised as his team tightened their stranglehold on the midfield battle. He enjoyed a very solid night, winning the majority of his duels in the air and on the floor.

Pedro's initial cross was blocked but he seized on the loose ball to fire in a low centre that Morata controlled well before drilling an excellent volley past Wayne Hennessey. Rarely mislaid a pass either.

32- Goal! Chelsea takes the lead!

Ross Barkley is also set for a recall after being rested in midweek and the former Everton midfielder will be looking to maintain his impressive form of late.

Five minutes later Chelsea had breathing room as Morata again did well to leave Marcos Alonso's cross for the onrushing Pedro to slot home.

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Chelsea will hope that Morata can continue to show the form as the difference-making striker for whom paid £60 million last summer.

Morata missed a great chance to complete a hat-trick in the final seconds, though. It is also the standard required.

Now for Crystal Palace! .

Without Hazard on the pitch, Chelsea appeared to lack a cutting edge. The back four pretty might not change, with Sarri clearly defining the roles of first-team regulars and fringe players who will largely feature in cup competitions.

The two forgotten members of the Chelsea squad are Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater, two players with Premier League title to their name in recent years.

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