‘Severe test’: Michael Owen states his prediction for Chelsea v Crystal Palace

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Six minutes after the interval Abraham broke the deadlock.

Pulisic, who has now scored five goals in Chelsea's last three Premier League games, wrapped up the victory with his 79th-minute strike, heading in after substitute Michy Batshuayi's blocked shot bounced up for the United States global.

"I'm proud of them and I believe in them", he told BT Sport after the match.

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.

One man who Hodgson will be able to select from is Eagles defender Gary Cahill, a player who will be no stranger to Stamford Bridge, having spent a large portion of his career there representing Chelsea. "Coming here, it wasn't going to be easy right from the start, so it was just about staying positive and continuing to learn and improve".

"We certainly deserved to win the game".

Chelsea host champions Manchester City on Saturday Night Football after the global break on November 23, live on Sky Sports Premier League. He followed up a week later with a goal against Watford.

Lampard, who spent 13 years at Chelsea as a player from 2001-2014 before returning as manager this summer, is proud of the way the players have been able to settle into first team football so quickly. Kanté had injured his groin on worldwide duty with France last month.

In between, the lively Pulisic also saw an effort well smothered by Guaita after a classy run while Reece James, who was preferred at right-back to the dropped Cesar Azpilicueta, sent in several risky crosses.

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. "We've put in a lot of good performances, away from home and again today at home".

"It's more that I've got two choices at full-back there and Reece has done well".