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30 December 2018 Venue Selhurst Park Attendance

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The Palace Preview: Chelsea

30 December 2018

Crystal Palace face Chelsea today in a midday kick-off for their second game against the Blues this season, looking to build on recent successes with the West Londoners.

The Eagles have now gone unbeaten in three matches and are currently enjoying good form as they prepare to enter the New Year in a stronger position for the rest of the campaign.

Despite having lost the last match against Chelsea in November 3-1, Palace have lately held a solid record against the Blues given their relative magnitude in the Premier League and have won two of their past four matches against the Pensioners.

In the last home battle between West and South London, the boys from SE25 ran out as victors thanks to a Cesar Azpilicueta own goal and Wilfried Zaha winner following an initial Tiemoue Bakayoko equaliser. The match was a notable turning point in the Eagles' 2017/18 season, seeing them record their first goal of the campaign and also ensure they got off the mark with their first set of points after seven games without anything.

The victory ultimately catalysed a spell that would haul the Eagles out of the relegation zone before finishing the season in a remarkable 11th place.

One man playing in blistering form for the Blues who will be looking to prevent another Palace upset will be Eden Hazard, the Chelsea man having been involved in more goals than any other Premier League player this season, scoring or assisting a total of 19.

Facing him, however, will be a resilient Palace defence that has kept four clean sheets from their past seven matches and holds the second best defensive record for any side in the table's lower half; having conceded the 7th fewest goals in the league.

Encouragingly, Chelsea have scored the joint fewest goals among the top six this season and so this match could be set to be a tight, close-knit affair with Palace defending well against an attack not quite of the same firepower as the teams it competes alongside.

Elsewhere, it is again Brighton and Hove Albion that Palace fans will have wanted to have kept an eye on as the Seagulls and Eagles were only separated by three points and a goal difference only better for the former by two before their victory over Everton yesterday. As Brighton notched up another three points, though, they have now extended their lead over Palace to six points and so it is all the more important that the Eagles perform today.

Patrick van Aanholt is the only Palace player to have previously worn the blue of Chelsea while the visitor's ranks contain two former Eagles: Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Victor Moses. Both players were popular with fans in south London and the former enjoyed a successful loan spell to SE25 last season in which he earned his first senior England cap.

Moses rose through the youth team at Palace and went on to play a total of 69 matches in red and blue having spent nine years with the club.

Your matchday stat and ref

There has not been a draw in the top-flight between Crystal Palace and Chelsea since March 1995, with Palace winning four to Chelsea’s 11 over the last 15 meetings.

Refereeing this match will be Craig Pawson, who will be joined by Ian Hussin and Eddie Smart as assistants while Andre Marriner will act as the fourth official.

Team news

Head here for full team news from both sides as Jeffrey Schlupp replaces Max Meyer for Palace while Olivier Giroud and Ross Barkley have been chosen for Chelsea ahead of Mateo Kovacic and Pedro.

Live coverage

This match will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event from 11.30. For fans in the USA, it will be available on NBC.

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

30 December 2018

Palace ended 2018 with a defeat at the hands of Chelsea as N’Golo Kante’s 50th minute strike proved to be enough for the Blues to win this capital clash.

The Frenchman tucked home just after half-time which proved to be the game’s key moment, but Chelsea enjoyed the better of the chances throughout the 90 minutes which saw them hit the goalframe twice and Olivier Giroud find the net twice only to be flagged offside.

A late flurry by Palace saw a golden chance blazed over by Connor Wickham, but ultimately they failed to end their seven-year wait to end a calendar year with a victory.

Perhaps due to the fact both teams were playing their third game in eight days, the opening stages began at a glacial pace and produced nothing of note until Kante flashed a shot well wide after 17 minutes.

10 minutes after that Giroud had the ball in the net when he latched onto a dinked pass by Jorginho to blast an angled volley past Vicente Guaita, but before he could celebrate scoring another wonderful goal at the Eagles’ expense, it was rightly ruled out for offside – albeit marginally.

As the first 45 continued, the hosts continued to be content to soak up pressure but that meant their goal was the one under much more threat, and in the space of a few minutes Jorginho fired into the Holmesdale before Willian whipped a free-kick against the post. Then after the Brazilian tested Guaita from range with a 30-yard grasscutter, the same piece of woodwork was rattled again when Ross Barkley acrobatically hooked the ball against the post from the resulting corner.

Hodgson’s team would have been pleased to have kept the west Londoners at bay as they headed down the tunnel at half-time, but their resistance ended five minutes after the break when Chelsea finally found a way to edge in front.

David Luiz chipped a pass into the box and Kante made a great run to squeeze between the defensive line, and his low shot had just enough power to trickle over the line despite Guaita getting a hand to it and end a year that saw him lift the World Cup on another high.

With the lead in their back pocket, Maurizio Sarri’s team continued to probe and on 72 minutes Giroud once again produced a fine finish when he rifled the ball past Guaita but was again thwarted by the linesman’s flag, which looked a tad fortunate for the home side and to add insult to injury the striker was injured in the process and saw his afternoon end painfully and prematurely.

Sights of goal were a rarity for Palace all afternoon, but in the dying stages two arrived but were squandered. Firstly Wilfried Zaha received possession on the left and he took aim but drove over the bar, and then with two minutes remaining Luka Milivojevic pumped a long free-kick into the box which was nodded by James Tomkins to Wickham, but after doing well to bring the ball down, the striker hammered it, and his team’s chances of a point, over the top.

Palace: Guaita, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Kouyaté (Meyer 78), Milivojevic, McArthur, Schlupp (Wickham 69), Townsend, Zaha. Subs not used: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Puncheon, Ayew.

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley (Kovacic 88), Willian (Emerson 82), Hazard, Giroud (Morata 76). Subs not used: Caballero, Zappacosta, Christensen, Ampadu.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Chelsea at Home Sold Out; Premium Seats Still Available

10 December 2018

Crystal Palace's home fixture against Chelsea on the 30th December has now sold-out for general admission tickets.

The game, which will kick-off at midday, will be Palace's second home match in four days following a battle with Cardiff City on Boxing Day, which you can buy tickets for here.

For Chelsea, however, tickets are no longer available but premium matchday experiences are. For the perfect gift to any Palace fan this Christmas, check out our range of packages now.

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