Premier League


BBC Match of the Day analyst Danny Murphy has said that Chelsea have no weakness in the team following their 11 successive Premier League wins with the 1-0 defeat of Crystal Palace.

Striker Diego Costa continued his fine form, scoring the sole goal that separated both sides after 90 minutes.

“I can’t see one area in their team where they’re struggling at the moment. It’s fantastic for Chelsea supporters and worrying for everyone else,” Murphy said.

Chelsea sit seven points clear on the Premier League table following the win with Manchester City in second place. Chelsea have 43 points after 17 weeks while the Sky Blues have 36. Liverpool are set to cut down the gap at the top when they play Everton on Monday night.

Chelsea could carry their lead further with home games against Bournemouth and Stoke City set for Boxing Day and 31 December.

“They’ve got two home games coming up which they’d expect to win and that would really give them a lead. If they can keep everyone fit, they’re the favourites,” the former Three Lions player added.

Another ex-English star Jermaine Jenas agreed with Murphy, adding that Liverpool is the close competition.

“Teams are trying. Liverpool are probably the favourites to catch them but they have defensive issues,” Jenas said.

The game against Arsenal on September 24 remains the game changer for Antonio Conte’s men. Chelsea lost the game 3-0 but they have won the next 11 games. Conte tweaked the formation, leaving three defenders at the back and making Spaniard Marco Alonso and Nigerian Victor Moses wingbacks. The Italian manager maintains that the difference in the team is the mentality in the renewed premier league title race.

“The manager must be a tailor and try and find the right fit for the team. I tried a different solution before changing the formation, but the most important thing is our strong mentality,” he said.