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Preview: Crystal Palace v Chelsea

14 October 2017

Palace aim to get off the board in terms of points and goals against Chelsea at Selhurst Park on Saturday in their first Lon

Like the Eagles, the Blues have endured a miserable international break having fallen to defeat to Manchester City a fortnight ago. However that result came at Stamford Bridge, where the Blues have strangely struggled so far this term having already dropped eight points on their own patch, two more than the entirety of their title winning campaign last year.

Sadly for Palace though, they have been imperious on their travels by winning all three of their away games, which has kept them within arm’s length of the Manchester clubs at the top of the table.

Goals missing for both sides

Despite losing the services of the talismanic Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid, whom they also beat on the travels in the Champions League last month, club-record signing Alvaro Morata is showing he is capable of filling his Spain international teammate’s boots by netting seven league goals, but he is struggling to be fit for this game with a hamstring injury.

While goals are proving easy to come by for Morata, Palace are aiming to avoid becoming only the second team in Football League history not to score in their opening eight matches of a campaign, after Halifax Town back in 1990.

Other statistics the Eagles will be hoping to avoid are losing nine straight games without scoring (a run stretching back to last season) which would be a first in the English game, and becoming the only team in Premier League history to lose all of their opening eight matches.

View from the opposition

Antonio Conte's quotes from his pre-match press conference will be available from Friday lunchtime. 

Team news

A timely boost for Palace saw Wilfried Zaha return to training during the international break, and they should also be able to call upon James Tomkins who missed the loss against Manchester United through illness.

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey suffered an calf injury in Monday's qualifier and will have a pre-match fitness test to decide whether he available.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah is also available again after being unable to play against his parent club, but that also means that Ruben Loftus-Cheek has to sit this one out. Hodgson will also check on the fitness of Scott Dann and Pape Souare before naming his squad, but he is definitely without Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham.

Alvaro Morata has been ruled out of the game because of a hamstring strain and Danny Drinkwater is also missing with a calf issue.

N'Golo Kante will be unavailable for three weeks because of a hamstring injury but David Luiz returns after serving a three-match suspension.

Matchday officials

There is a swift return to Selhurst Park for Andre Marriner, who oversaw the Eagles' 2-0 defeat to Swansea City in August. He refereed Palace four times last season, which yielded one victory - the 2-1 success at Anfield against Liverpool, but that was one of only five wins from the 18 games he has overseen.

Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Simon Beck and Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth Official: Roger East

Pre-match stats

Only Swansea City’s Lukasz Fabianski has made more saves than Wayne Hennessey’s 28 in the Premier League – the Welshman made 11 in the last meeting between Palace and Chelsea.

Chelsea have conceded the most fouls in the Premier League this term (90) with Tiemoué Bakayoko making the most individually with 14.

Michy Batshuayi has scored five goals in his last four games for Chelsea in all competitions, as many as in his previous 16.

Crystal Palace have won only one of their previous eight Premier League matches against Chelsea at Selhurst Park (W1 D1 L6), winning 1-0 in March 2014 under Tony Pulis.

Chelsea (421) have won more points in Premier League London derbies than any other side in the competition's history (P232 W119 D64 L49).

Chelsea have failed to score in two of their last three Premier League matches under Antonio Conte, as many as in their previous 36. The Blues only failed to score in three of their 38 PL games last season and have already drawn a blank in two of their seven so far this term. 

 

Head-to-Head

  Palace wins Draws Chelsea wins
League 7 14 19
FA Cup 2 1 2
League Cup 1 0 0
Total 10 15 21

Ticket Information

A limited amount of tickets are still on sale. Category A+ prices apply, with all paid members and season ticket holders able to book up to two each.

Book online

Season ticket holders who cannot attend the match can use Twickets to re-sell their seat at face value to fellow season ticket holders and members.

Tickets offered for sale will be sold through the Twickets platform, where they can be purchased safely and securely.

Other matchday information

The new-look Crystals will be performing on the pitch for the first time this season at half-time, so keep an eye out for them during the interval!

Live coverage

If you can’t make it to Selhurst Park for the game, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, updates on Twitter, with highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Saturday.

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 2-1 Chelsea

14 October 2017

Palace’s long wait for league goals and points ended in fine style as they recorded a famous victory against Chelsea at an electric Selhurst Park.

It took an own goal from Cesar Azpilicueta to finally end the eight-game wait for a league strike on 11 minutes, but that fortune was quickly used up as Tiemoue Bakayoko equalised just six minutes later.

However, the returning Wilfried Zaha popped up with the winner just before half-time to record Roy Hodgson’s first Premier League win as Palace boss against the reigning champions, and potentially reignite the Eagles’ season.

The first boost of the afternoon was Zaha’s name on the teamsheet for the first time since the opening day, and with his inclusion Hodgson’s team looked a different prospect. Just a couple of minutes had elapsed when Zaha nearly ended the goal drought after good work by Andros Townsend but Thibaut Courtois saved with his feet, and a lively opening by the hosts then saw a chance carved out for Townsend who curled over from 25 yards.

But finally, after 12 hours and 10 minutes of action, the moment Palace fans around the world had been waiting for finally arrived. A neat move down the right involving James McArthur and Townsend saw the winger cut the ball back to Yohan Cabaye inside the box, who used his chest to control. David Luiz steamed in to challenge and forced the ball to ricochet off the Frenchman’s knee, strike Azpilicueta and deceive Courtois to end the wait.

An own goal was exactly the kind of luck that had deserted Palace in the first seven games, but they fully merited the lead after a bright opening.

However on 18 minutes the advantage vanished. After Antonio Conte’s side won a corner on the right, Cesc Fabregas delivered towards the front post, and Bakayoko was afforded too much space to head past Julian Speroni and quickly restore parity.

That setback could have shattered the Eagles’ early confidence, but they continued to back themselves in the final third throughout the first half. Zaha saw a powerful blast deflected wide by Gary Cahill, and with five minutes of the opening 45 remaining Townsend again went close with a fine dipping, bending strike that diverted away from the top corner with Courtois beaten, and a minute later Cesc Fabregas saw a driven free-kick from the corner of the box miss by just as much.

But just before the break, the Eagles deservedly went into it ahead. Powering forward from centre-half, Mamadou Sakho bullied Willian off the ball and slid in Zaha. Showing no sign of rustiness, a fine touch edged the ball in between Davide Zappacosta and Azpilicueta to give him a sight of goal, and he coolly slotted past Courtois to receive rapturous acclaim from the appreciative Selhurst crowd which lasted until the teams disappeared down the tunnel.

Knowing they were likely to be facing a Blues onslaught for as long as they held the lead, Palace braced themselves and five minutes after the restart they were fortunate when Fabregas lined up a 30-yarder which thudded off the top of the crossbar, and soon after the Argentinian was forced to parry away a low shot from Pedro when the Spaniard scampered goalwards.

Having stepped in for Wayne Hennessey after the Welshman failed a late fitness test, Speroni showed he was prepared and made himself big to distract Charley Musonda from converting a fine Fabregas pass as the youngster blazed over, and then when Marcos Alonso again found joy at a corner, the hosts’ custodian managed to save his header to keep his team in front.

They could have sealed the win with four minutes to go when Townsend tried his luck from long-range and saw Courtois spill his shot into the path of Patrick van Aanholt who looked destined to tuck home the rebound, but the ex-Chelsea man somehow screwed the golden chance wide, and then Townsend again jinked goalwards before missing the target as the minutes ticked away.

By stoppage time, hearts were in home fans’ mouths when a mistake by Sakho presented a chance to Pedro inside the box but he also failed to find the net, but minutes later the full-time whistle allowed the majority inside Selhurst Park to unleash months’ of relief and pent-up frustration into the south London sky as the celebrations for a famous victory kicked off.

Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Cabaye (Fosu-Mensah 85), Schlupp (Puncheon 75), McArthur (Riedewald 85), Townsend, Zaha. Subs not used: Henry, Tomkins, Kaikai, Sako.

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Moses (Zappacosta 39), Bakayoko, Willian (Musonda 62), Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard, Batshuayi (Pedro 58). Subs not used: Caballero, Rudiger, Christensen, Scott.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Chelsea Close To A Sell Out

12 October 2017

This Saturday's home match against Chelsea is now close to selling out and we advise supporters to purchase tickets as soon as possible.

The 3pm kick-off is a Category A+ match, with season ticket holders and paid members being able to book up to two tickets.

The box office is open 9am-5.30pm or you can book at our online box office

A reminder that season ticket holders who cannot attend the match can use the Twickets service, to re-sell their seat at face value, to fellow season ticket holders and members.

Tickets offered for sale will be sold through the Twickets platform, where they can be purchased safely and securely.

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