Resurgent Alvaro Morata boosts Chelsea's Premier League title hopes

Wilfried Zaha has scored three goals so far this season

But could he realistically challenge for the Premier League golden boot?

After Hennessy pushed away headers from Morata and Luiz, Sarri brought on the fit-again Eden Hazard along with Mateo Kovacic.

Jason Puncheon was afforded a rare opportunity in the Crystal Palace first team on Wednesday night, starting against Middlesbrough as the Eagles fell to a League Cup defeat.

Only Wolves in the Premier League have used fewer players than Chelsea this season, with Sarri sparingly calling upon either Moses or Drinkwater.

The coach who has overseen ten successive unbeaten games thus far has the chance of equalling a Premier League record unbeaten run at the start of his tenure.

The Blues are now unbeaten in the Premier League under Maurizio Sarri, winning seven and drawing three of their opening 10 games.

The season is still young, but Crystal Palace will be relieved that so many other sides are performing so badly.

Few could have envisioned a better start under Sarri, whose players have nearly instantly adapted to his methods and expectations.

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The same is true of seven of Chelsea's 10 matches, indicating that they too tend to do much of their best work when teams tire late on.

Maurizio Sarri's side now sit third in the table - two points adrift of joint leaders Manchester City and Liverpool - following last weekend's win at Burnley so Chelsea will be desperate to maintain the pressure with another victory in west London on Sunday.

And when Pedro turned in a cross from another Spaniard, flying left-back Marcos Alonso, Chelsea were able to celebrate moving up to second place in the table.

Wednesday's scrappy win in the Frank Lampard Clásico is unlikely to stop Maurizio Sarri ringing the changes on Sunday, but the Italian will no doubt have been pleased enough with what he saw.

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And though it looks unlikely the Eagles will make it three from four at Stamford Bridge, with Zaha getting at the Chelsea defence Palace are practically a sure bet to score. Any fears that Chelsea would struggle to import Sarri's style of football from Naples appear to have been unfounded: 15 games in, they are still unbeaten.

Key Stat: Both teams have scored in the past three meetings between Chelsea and Crystal Palace.

69- Goal! Game over! We need to press in the opponents half.

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