Chelsea returns to form with 3-0 win at Palace

The Chelsea players gather to celebrate after Oscar converted from close range to hand his side the lead at Selhurst Park

With this win, Hiddink, who replaced Portuguese Jose Mourinho last month, remains unbeaten with two draws and this win.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew singled out Fabregas for a performance that he said brought back memories of how Chelsea won the title easily last season.

Palace, so impressive this season, was unable to respond although Wilfried Zaha should have done better with a chance which Thibaut Courtois saved.

Arguably, it was the first time this season Chelsea had shown their very best form on the road, as the team responded to Hiddink's tactics and guidance.

Arsenal dispensed with its typically silky football and toughed out a 1-0 win over Newcastle United, through a goal from Laurent Koscielny, to move two points clear at the top. Chelsea's defensive hopes will be boosted by the return of experienced defender Gary Cahill whose ankle complaint is not severe enough to keep him out of Gus Hiddink's starting XI.

The duo of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa were instrumental in getting the opening goal.

"He has to find his way", Hiddink said of Hazard.

Palace, meanwhile, continue to suffer the natural shortcomings of a side without a natural goal poacher.

Palace will be without Yannick Bolasie, Bakary Sako, Dwight Gayle and Connor Wickham through injury and Yohan Cabaye through suspension, while Chelsea will be without Radamel Falcao.

Subsequently, the result saw the champions jump to 14th on the table and will next face West Brom at the Bridge- the only other team they've beaten away this season-.

However, Willian put the game beyond Palace's reach on the hour-mark with a 25-yard thunderbolt into the roof of the net that gave Hennessey no chance of saving.

Last year the 24-year-old blasted 19 goals en route to the PFA player of the year award: this term he is yet to register on the score sheet.

"There's a lot of technical skill in the midfield and attacking positions". England 629-6 declared while @ChelseaFC call it a day at 3-0.

"This was the Chelsea of a year ago", Terry told Sky Sports. "Overall, as well as the goals, it was different class".

"The very talented players, they start working also, to invest in the dirty work and not just the lovely game they can play, because this league is very demanding", said Hiddink, who is managing Chelsea in an interim capacity for the second time. It has also been well publicised that Pep Guardiola could be taking over at Manchester City come summer time with the Spaniard on the lookout for a new club.

"I have every confidence in this group that we will be in and around the top 10". He is very, very elegant.

As OneMK Sport previously reported, the player cut short his loan spell at Crystal Palace so that he can get first-team experience elsewhere, ideally in the Premier League.

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