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Chelsea beat Palace to go second in EPL

By AAP Newswire

Chelsea have continued their winning ways by beating Crystal Palace 2-0 to go second in the English Premier League.

Goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic on Saturday gave Chelsea a sixth straight league win, their best run since the 2016-17 season when they captured their last league title.

"It wasn't our best game today but the most important thing was we got the three points," Abraham told BT Sport.

"We came out in the second half much brighter and got the two goals."

Chelsea moved within five points of leaders Liverpool while going one clear of Man City and three above Leicester.

Leicester, with a better goal difference, can go second by beating Arsenal later Saturday and City visit Liverpool in a battle of title favourites on Sunday.

Chelsea dominated the first half at Stamford Bridge but were unable to solve a resolute Palace side content to sit back.

Willian had the best chance just before the break when he was first denied by keeper Vicente Guaita and then former teammate Gary Cahill on the rebound.

Abraham finally struck in the 52nd minute by taking Willan's tidy flick-on and slotting home to tie Leicester's Jamie Vardy with his league-best 10th goal.

Guaita tipped a Pulisic shot over the bar and the unmarked James Tompkins missed a great chance to level down the other end by heading wide from six yards out.

Pulisic then wrapped up the win by heading in his fifth goal in three league games in the 79th minute.

Palace remain in ninth place after losing for the third time in four.

"We met a Chelsea who had their tails up and really wanted to win the game," manager Roy Hodgson said.

"I've got no qualms about the work we put in and unformatted we came across a Chelsea in top form."

West Ham visit Burnley, Newcastle host Bournemouth, Southampton take on Everton and Sheffield United are at Tottenham in Saturday's other matches.