Sixth win on the spin lifts Chelsea to second in Premier League

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Chelsea soon broke the deadlock after the break as Willian flicked a ball through to Abraham in the Palace box for the England worldwide to slot a finish past Guaita.

In this morning's papers Lampard says he is very superstitious, claiming: "I walk the dog at certain times and on certain days".

Christian Pulisic continued his impressive form in front of goal, as he wrapped up the Chelsea win 11 minutes from time.

They endured a frustrating first half against an obdurate, well-drilled Palace side but found a way through after the break with Abraham's 10th goal of the season and Pulisic's fifth in three games.

The Spaniard has been an ever-present for Chelsea over the past few seasons and prior to Saturday's game Azpilicueta had started the Blues' past 73 Premier League fixtures - the longest current run in the division of any outfield player.

'I thought we weathered the early storm well.

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"This is where we want to be", Pulisic told ESPN Brasil when asked about his side's league position after the game.

Chelsea host champions Manchester City on Saturday Night Football after the worldwide break on November 23, live on Sky Sports Premier League. "We want to be right up there at the top so we're just going to keep going".

But Chelsea manager Frank Lampard substituted Pulisic one minute later, revealing after the match that the United States Men's National Team star injured his hip on his goal. Kanté had injured his groin on global duty with France last month.

A Chelsea victory never looked in serious doubt, although James Tomkins headed wide from a set-piece with Palace's only clear opportunity when they briefly threatened after Abraham's strike.

There remains the temptation to start Reece James and potentially field Azpilicueta at left-back but Lampard may continue to stick with Emerson, who has impressed despite his injury concerns this term. Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Chelsea goal reacted well to get low and hold the slippery ball in heavy rain. We controlled an opponent in very good form, ' said Hodgson.

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