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Chelsea handed major chance to make up lost ground in gentler October

Alvaro Morata #9 of Chelsea FC and Felix Gotze #20 of Chelsea FC competes for the ball during the International Champions Cup match between Chelsea FC and FC Bayern Munich at National...

Most of the Premier League attention will be on Anfield and the north-west derby this weekend, even if Liverpool’s stuttering start to the season means Jürgen Klopp’s side already have seven points to make up on Manchester United. For different reasons that will probably suit Crystal Palace and Chelsea, who meet at Selhurst Park in one of the lesser London derbies.

Sweat, repetition and ruthlessness: why Roy Hodgson could be perfect for Palace

Roy Hodgson is pictured prior to the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 21, 2017 in London, England.

When West Bromwich Albion players think back to the early days under Roy Hodgson, the memories that stick in the mind are of the shift in the intensity of their work on the training ground, the way they returned to the dressing rooms exhausted, and how their new manager never missed a trick. “I can see you’re walking, you’re not doing it,” was one of Hodgson’s favourite phrases as he worked time and again on team shape.

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Alvaro Morata #9 of Chelsea FC and Felix Gotze #20 of Chelsea FC competes for the ball during the International Champions Cup match between Chelsea FC and FC Bayern Munich at National...

Chelsea handed major chance to make up lost ground in gentler October

Most of the Premier League attention will be on Anfield and the north-west derby this weekend, even if Liverpool’s stuttering start to the season means Jürgen Klopp’s side already have seven points to make up on Manchester United. For different reasons that will probably suit Crystal Palace and Chelsea, who meet at Selhurst Park in one of the lesser London derbies.