Report: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace | Premier League

Matt Debono

Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic fired the Blues to glory with second-half goals, which sees them climb into second place in the Premier League.

Frank Lampard handed Reece James his first Premier League start for Chelsea as the youngster replaced club-captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

Mason Mount was deemed fit enough to start against the Eagles, whilst N'Golo Kante returned to the side. 

Gary Cahill started against his former side at Stamford Bridge. 

It was a bright start for Frank Lampard's side as they were quickly out of the blocks.

Christian Pulisic had the first chance of the game after Willian fed it to the American. Some excellent footwork saw the 21-year-old have a go at goal but Guaita denied him. 

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Christian Pulisic striking at goal in the first-half for Chelsea.Getty Images

Chelsea dominated the ball in the first-half, but had nothing to show for it. Willian nearly changed that after he whipped his free-kick over the Eagles' wall. Despite it looking like it was heading for the back of the net, it sailed just wide. 

Mike Dean usually prefers to be at the centre of attention with his refereeing decisions, and he lived up to his name in the opening 45 minutes. He brandished yellow card after yellow card for Chelsea fouls, but was more lenient on the visitors. 

Wilfried Zaha had a tough time against Reece James in the first-half and was booked midway through the half. Three fouls after being in the book, he was still on the pitch, unsurprisingly.

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Wilfried Zaha had a tough time in the first-half as Reece James, who made his first Premier League start, continued to frustrated him. Getty Images

Roy Hodgson had to make a change after Joel Ward couldn't shrug off a knock he picked up after a challenge with Emerson.

Chelsea nearly found themselves ahead at the break, but former Blues Gary Cahill ensured it was level at the break. The ball fell to Willian after it was played into the box from the right, but the centre-back made a crucial block to deny the Brazilian. 

But the Blues did after the break, seven minutes into the second-half. Tammy Abraham scored his 10th goal of the season in the Premier League. He slotted it past Guaita after Willian played him in with a pass round the corner, to catch the Palace defence off guard.

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Tammy Abraham celebrating with Christian Pulisic after putting Chelsea ahead.Getty Images

Christian Pulisic continued to show his confidence after impressive performances in recent weeks. He kept that up, and nearly had another goal to his name in his debut season in England. An excellent across-goal shot was heading for the top corner, but Guaita tipped it over the bar.

The visitors were nearly level though with just over 20 minutes to play. James Tomkins found himself free from the free-kick, but he could only guide his header off target. 

But Christian Pulisic did find his goal, as he nodded home to double Chelsea's lead, to all but secure the three points for Frank Lampard's men.

A blocked and deflected effort from Michy Batshuayi teed up into the air, and the 21-year-old headed it in.

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Five goals in three games for Christian Pulisic.Getty Images

It ended 2-0, which lifts Chelsea into second in the Premier League following six straight wins in the Premier League.

Next up is Manchester City after the international break next week. 

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