23-year-old Chelsea player has scored five in five against Palace, Tuchel has to start him tomorrow - TCC View

Some players simply adore playing against a particular opponent.

The superstitious amongst us will always draft in a certain individual for the fantasy team if they are about to face a certain team.

Didier Drogba seemed to score against Arsenal virtually every week.

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Frank Lampard absolutely loved leaving Aston Villa battered and bruised.

Liverpool usually cursed their luck when Eden Hazard’s name made it onto the team sheet.

Romelu Lukaku has a remarkable record in London derbies with West Ham United.

For Christian Pulisic, his eyes must always light up when Crystal Palace’s name is mentioned in conversation.

After all, the American has scored more times past Palace than against any side he’s ever faced across his senior career.

Five times in five fixtures have the Eagles felt their nut bulge following an effort from the 23-year-old.

He rounded off Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Palace at Stamford Bridge on the Premier League’s opening weekend.

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Last season at Selhurst Park, Pulisic bagged a brace in a 4-1 triumph for Thomas Tuchel’s men.

The Stars and Stripes international also secured a few more under Frank Lampard.

A perfect occasion for Pulisic

Although the goals have arrived frequently at the expense of Patrick Vieira’s group, scoring, in general, has been hard to come by for the young forward this year.

His last for Chelsea came in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool well over a month ago. Before that, he hadn’t converted since early November.

Luckily, as fate would have it, the Champions League holder’s next outing is one Pulisic probably has circled in the calendar.

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Chelsea make the short trip across town tomorrow to Palace’s ground, hoping to carry on their Club World Cup-winning form.

Pulisic too will be praying he gets a shot to shoot down Vieira’s feathered flock as he’s done often in the past.

With Mason Mount out injured, there might not be a better time to increase that tally.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.