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

Chelsea secured a sixth straight Premier League win to move up to second as the in-form Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic struck to beat Crystal Palace 2-0. Abraham ended Palace s dogged defensive resistence with a simple finish from Willian s deft through ball seven minutes into the second half before Pulisic headed home a loose ball 11 minutes from time to seal all three points. Chelsea edge a point clear of Manchester City and to within five of leaders Liverpool, who host City in a highly-anticipated clash on Sunday. A 4-4 draw with Ajax on Tuesday took the tally of goals Chelsea s prior 18 games this season to 70 at an average of nearly four per game. However, the Blues free flowing football under Frank Lampard was met with a brick wall of a Palace defence for the first 45 minutes. Pulisic had scored four goals in his last two Premier League games as the American begins to deliver on his ?58 million ($74 million) price tag and only a fine save from Vicente Guaita denied the USA .

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