Chelsea secure their sixth win on the bounce in the Premier League to move into second place in the table.
Goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic were enough to deliver the three points this afternoon.
Abraham notched his 10th goal in the top flight this term, latching to a pass from Willian before slotting his effort past Vicente Guaita.
Pulisic made sure of the victory when he pounced on Michy Batshuayi’s deflected strike and nodded into the back of the net from close range. It was not a classic performance from the Blues, but they were able to grind out the win to maintain their impressive run of form.
Palace are now winless in four top-flight matches after an underwhelming outing at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea had found clear-cut chances hard to come by against a stubborn Palace side, whose manager Roy Hodgson was taking charge of his 300th game in England’s top flight.
Chelsea, whose starting line-up was their youngest in Premier League history at an average age of 24 years and 88 days, certainly started the more exuberantly of the teams and could have gone ahead when Pulisic was denied by Vicente Guaita after turning past Joel Ward.
Palace were not offering much of an attacking threat, but they did seem to have the Chelsea forward line under increasing control, although only a brilliant block from Gary Cahill stopped former team-mate Willian turning the ball in with seconds of the first half left.
Palace’s resistance was broken seven minutes after the restart, though, Abraham slotting confidently past Guaita after being played through by a fine reverse pass from Willian.
Pulisic was then denied by a flying save from Guaita, but the visitors spurned a great chance to level when James Tomkins nodded wide from just seven yards out.
It proved a costly miss as, with 11 minutes to go, Pulisic nodded the ball past Guaita for his first goal at Stamford Bridge after Michy Batshuayi’s shot was blocked.