"It is a hard moment for me because I would love to play in this game, it is a big occasion against a top side and everybody wants to play in these occasions". Yes, there's more attacking flair, but there have been dashes of fight and physicality in their play, too. Chelsea remain third in the league despite their hiccup against Arsenal, and are three points behind both Manchester clubs.
Given Palace's dismal form - they have made the worst ever start to an English top-flight season with five defeats and no goals - it would be little surprise if Aguero reaches Brook's haul on Saturday.
Pedro was withdrawn at half-time against Arsenal but has been declared fit to feature against Stoke on Saturday. "I think United have a team capable of scoring goals and also defending well", said Scholes, "You need both aspects to win the Premier League".
But Bruno Martins Indi, the only central defender who was available to start against Chelsea, has joined Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron and Kevin Wimmer on the injured list after limping off with a groin problem. With Eden Hazard back and striker Alvaro Morata on a hot streak, Chelsea should help ensure the over hits on the 3.0 total. Fabregas was as creative and fluid as ever, and Azpilicueta is proving how much of a threat he can be, as well as solid in defence.
He didn't play particularly badly but his poor challenges were drawing attention, and Antonio Conte was right to bring him off midway through the second-half, especially considering Stoke were in the ascendancy at that point. "We can make it more serious than it is or we can take it like it is", he said.
"It was a good day, a good result for us".
Fabianski and Swansea host Watford this weekend, and the prospect of a fourth clean sheet from six games is a very real one.
Liverpool and the Premier League have agreed to pay school fees and compensation for a 13-year-old player following the club's youth ban.
For perhaps the first time since Alex Ferguson's departure as manager, Manchester United looks like a side capable of challenging for the Premier League title.