Alvaro Morata’s brace in a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace has moved Chelsea up to second in the Premier League table.

The Blues’ other goal, coming from Pedro doubled Chelsea’s advantage in the final 20 minutes to secure the three points for Maurizio Sarri’s side at Stamford Bridge, with Roy Hodgson’s side levelling the tie shortly after half-time through Andros Townsend.

It extends Chelsea’s unbeaten streak in the top-flight to 11 matches, a run that is currently 16 matches across all competitions.

Sarri’s side took the lead midway through the first half with Morata volleying in Pedro’s cross from the right from close-range.

Brazilian winger Willian thought he had doubled their lead moments later, only for his effort to be disallowed after being correctly adjudged to have been offside.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Townsend then equalised shortly after the interval, comfortably slotting past Kepa Arrizabalaga after being sent through on goal by James McArthur.

Chelsea restored their advantage in the final 30 minutes of the match, with Morata adding his second of the afternoon having been set up by Eden Hazard’s free-kick. The Belgian had been on the field for less than a minute and was making his first appearance for four matches after suffering a back injury against Manchester United last month.

Pedro completed the scoring shortly after with his first goal in over two months, converting Marcos Alonso’s cross past Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

Morata had a glorious opportunity late on to get his first hat-trick in over a year but placed his effort straight at Hennessey.

The Blues are now up to second in the Premier League table. two points behind defending champions Manchester City.

 

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