Chelsea go into the match on Sunday off the back of a Carabao Cup win over Derby County at Stamford Bridge, their 12th win of the season in all competitions. Jordan Ayew came off the bench, while Alexander Sorloth still hasn't scored for the club, Connor Wickham is just returning from injury and the injured Christian Benteke is long removed from the striker he once was.
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Maurizio Sarri admits he will have to start rotating his star players over the festive period if he is to achieve Chelsea's desire for success in both the Premier League and Europe. Crystal Palace in the Premier League. He enjoyed a very solid night, winning the majority of his duels in the air and on the floor. A fine save from David Luiz's header will be one for the showreel.
Hazard's first involvement was to be chopped down midway inside the Palace half, and his free-kick found a way through to Morata, who arrowed a shot into the far corner.
But it wasn't all positive on Twitter from Blues supporters, with a lot of fans discussing the role of N'Golo Kante. Rarely mislaid a pass either.
The England worldwide is vying for a midfield place with N'Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas, as well as summer arrivals Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.
"Last year was hard for me for many things".
Goalscoring continues to be Palace's biggest weakness: they've already drawn six blanks this campaign (all competitions) and two of their seven league goals have been penalties.
Morata had the chance to clinch his hat-trick in stoppage time after being played through by Hazard, but his attempted lob was saved by Hennessey. It is also the standard required.
Footballlive.ng can report that the Italian gaffer hinted as much on Thursday evening, with a terse reaction, after queries from the British media over the continued absence of Moses in the match day squad.
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. Once ahead, few are better equipped than he is to help a team keep the ball.
"Moses is more suitable for playing like a wing-back than like a winger or a full-back", Sarri added.
Sarri has consistently maintained he feels a Premier League title race will prove beyond Chelsea this term.