Tue | Nov 12, 2019

Chelsea stay hot while Spurs continue to struggle

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:40 AM

Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic (right) challenges Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew during their English Premier League match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, yesterday. Chelsea won 2-0.
Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic (right) challenges Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew during their English Premier League match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, yesterday. Chelsea won 2-0.

Chelsea have got used to winning back-to-back games. Tottenham haven’t.

Shortly after in-form Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic scored to give Chelsea their sixth straight Premier League win against Crystal Palace yesterday, Spurs extended an unwanted record in their 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.

Tottenham have not won consecutive games since April, but hoped to change that after beating Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Spurs’ inconsistent form is one reason for the pressure on manager Mauricio Pochettino, but the league table is damning for last season’s Champions League finalists. Tottenham are17 points off leaders Liverpool, but just seven ahead of last-place Norwich.

Meanwhile, Abraham has been on strong scoring form all season, and now Pulisic has joined him.

After Palace kept the game goalless in the first half with solid defending and more than a little luck, Chelsea did their job in the second to win 2-0.

Abraham scored his 10th Premier League goal of the season in the 52nd off a neat back-heel pass from Willian, and Pulisic made sure of the win in the 79th, heading in a looping, deflected shot from Michy Batshuayi.

“In the first half, we started well, then allowed our tempo to drop, but when we came out in the second half with the intent that we did, we won the game relatively comfortably – a nice, solid win with a clean sheet,” Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said.

That leaves Chelsea five points off Premier League leaders Liverpool, which play Manchester City today. City are also the next opponents for Lampard’s Chelsea on November 23.

Son Heung-min scored for Spurs, but he wasn’t originally meant to be playing at all.

RED CARD OVERTURNED

Son was due to be suspended after a red card in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Everton for a challenge which led to Andre Gomes suffering a broken and dislocated ankle.

Son left the field in tears after that incident, but his red card was overturned a day later on appeal. He followed up by scoring twice in the 4-0 win over Red Star.

Sheffield were frustrated when John Lundstram hit the post and the video assistant referee ruled out a goal for David McGoldrick because of an offside in the build-up.

VAR was kinder to Sheffield when George Baldock’s cross ended up in the net at the far post in the 78th. A video review found Chris Basham hadn’t been offside as the ball flew past his head.

Everton travelled to struggling Southampton on the verge of the relegation zone but eased the pressure with a 2-1 win.

Everton now enjoy a six-point cushion over 18th-place Watford, while Southampton are 19th and winless in their last seven league games.

Newcastle beat Bournemouth 2-1, while Burnley turned around a run of three defeats with a 3-0 win at home to West Ham.