Football: Chelsea look unbeatable, says Alan Pardew

Chelsea have won ten English Premier League games in a row and look "unbeatable", according to Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, whose side will face Chelsea on Saturday (Dec 17).
Chelsea have won ten English Premier League games in a row and look "unbeatable", according to Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, whose side will face Chelsea on Saturday (Dec 17). PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (Reuters) - Premier League leaders Chelsea look "unbeatable", Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew said on Friday ahead of this weekend's game between the London rivals.

There is a stark contrast between the two teams' form, with Chelsea having won 10 league games in succession to open up a six-point lead at the top while Palace have managed only one victory in their last 10 matches.

A group of Palace supporters calling themselves "Pardew Out Mob" plan to walk out in the 21st minute of Saturday's game in protest at the team having lost 21 league matches this year.

"I wasn't aware of that," Pardew told a news conference. "My view is that this team is fighting for the Palace shirt and I'll make sure it fights to the last minute of every game."

He agreed, however, that Chelsea under Antonio Conte, look a formidable side.

"Coming from Serie A, it's a different type of football but Conte's got to grips with the Premier League.

"He's been helped by his players having history in the Premier League, but he's done a fantastic job. They look unbeatable at the moment.

"(Eden) Hazard and (Diego) Costa are a different proposition to last year and they'll admit that. (Cesc) Fabregas too," he added. "It's a tough ask and no point denying it."