Chelsea started the match properly sufficient, and were fortunate to grab the early lead when Gary Cahill went down injured, opening pickle for Willian to grab Olivier Giroud, who slotted home with consummate ease. (So sorry, Gaz, but also thanks?)
The Blues were firmly on prime of issues after that, threatening many instances. We didn’t need to wait too long for Pulisic to double Chelsea’s lead with a hammer of a shot on the shut to post.
As spectacular as Pulisic’s rep used to be, Zaha upstaged him ten minutes later nonetheless, with a 25-yard bomb that used to be both a limiteless shot or a savable shot, but with out a doubt no longer every. It used to be a lot extra even contest after that, which is how the 2nd half of started as properly.
After Giroud uncared for a factual probability to restore Chelsea’s two-goal lead, he made method for Tammy Abraham as Lampard shuffled his cards rather. Loftus-Cheek also got right here on, and the 2 substitutes combined brilliantly to restore Chelsea’s two-goal lead.
Sadly, that didn’t even closing a minute, as Palace walked through Chelsea’s upright facet on the opposite cease and Benteke ended his goal drought at Selhurst Park with a easy faucet-in from a nice Van Aanholt corrupt.
Fortuitously, that used to be the cease of the scoring, though no longer sooner than Palace hit the post unhurried on and uncared for no longer no longer up to two huge potentialities to equalize.
Three objectives, three parts, three the magic sponsor.
Staunch one commerce for Chelsea from Saturday: Billy Gilmour in for the injured N’Golo Kante
Enjoy-for-love changes in Abraham (for Giroud), RLC (for Barkley), Jorginho (for Gilmour). All but again no longer the use of the fleshy complement of 5.
One more no-begin for Jorginho, but no longer no longer up to a sub appearance, his first since the Restart
Giroud, Pulisic on the scoresheet but again: celebrated; Willian picking up the succor on every
Abraham breaks his goalscoring drought with his 14th Premier League goal (16th total). RLC picks up the succor.
Chelsea cross up to third, like a flash. Leicester Metropolis play in a pair of minutes (away to Arsenal). Manchester United play on Thursday.
Next up: Sheffield United away on Saturday