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Palace Preview: Eagles face stern test in 100th London derby

7 November 2019

In their 100th Premier League London derby, a trip to south-west London looms for Crystal Palace this Saturday as Roy Hodgson’s Eagles take on Frank Lampard’s Chelsea in the top-flight’s early kick-off.

The Blues are enjoying a blistering run of form, having won eight of their last 10 matches in all competitions and currently sit fourth in the Premier League table. In the league, Chelsea have won five consecutive matches - making them the most in-form team in the top-flight.

But playing off the back of a 4-4 thriller with Ajax on Tuesday night and with a notably worse record at home than away, Chelsea will be wary of the visiting Palace and their strength on the road.

The Eagles have won five of their last eight away league matches whereas Chelsea have won four of their last eight at home.

Palace fans will fondly recall back-to-back victories over their London opponents back in 2017, winning both games by two goals to one. The first of these triumphs, of course, came at Stamford Bridge when the pair of teams bagged three goals within 11 minutes - Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke respectively overturning Cesc Fàbregas’s fifth minute effort to secure three points.

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Did you know?

There hasn’t been a draw in any of the last 16 Premier League matches between Chelsea and Palace since a goalless stalemate in March 1995, and both teams have scored in seven of the last eight league meetings at Stamford Bridge.

Tactical overview

On the back of their ongoing transfer ban, Chelsea have been fielding a young side this season, but their enforced faith in youth is paying off. Tammy Abraham (22), Mason Mount (20) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (19) are three names to have stood-out this season and the first of these is the club’s top scorer so far this season on 10 goals.

In the league, Abraham has scored nine goals in 13 games for Chelsea. If he scores against Palace, he will be the second-youngest player to reach double figures in the competition for the Blues (22 years and 38 days) after Arjen Robben (21y 342d), while only Diego Costa (nine) and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (11) will have done so in fewer games. 

Keeping him quiet, then, will be of paramount importance for the Eagles. With Chelsea being the league’s joint-third highest scorers, though, the threat to Palace on Saturday does not come solely from Abraham. Christian Pulisic - after not scoring in six appearances - has bagged four goals from his last two league matches.

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Palace have their own threats, however, and Jordan Ayew could become the fourth player in Premier League history to score away against Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea within the same campaign, after Robbie Earle (1995/96), Darren Bent (2008/09) and Ashley Barnes (2018/19).

Team news

Hodgson has said that he has an entirely fit first-team squad to face Chelsea.

Chelsea have more pressing injury concerns, though, with Ross Barkley unable to play, Mount suffering from a minor ankle injury but expected to feature and Ruben Loftus-Cheek still a relatively long-term absentee. Antonio Rüdiger is out for the next three weeks.

In better news for the Blues, N’Golo Kante returned to the squad on Tuesday night against Ajax, having suffered from injuries all season.

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Fans can buy a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49 per month or a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49, by clicking here

Find out more about Palace Audio here

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You can check out our Instagram story for eye-catching footage of all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, stunning photos and more.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the Chelsea clash. With live stats and alerts, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

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International fans

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here. And if you're wondering where the nearest official fan club is to you, you can click here to find out.

Did you know you can become an International Member from just £45 and receive benefits such as guaranteed tickets for any home league game and exclusive live Palace TV streams for selected games? You can - by buying here!

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Match Reports

Chelsea overcome Palace in London derby

9 November 2019

Stamford Bridge rose to pay their respects before kick-off, a day before Remembrance Sunday, in a poignant moment before the football started in west London.

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  • Vicente Guaita tips miscued cross from Reece James round for a corner inside the first minute
  • The Spaniard again saves well on 12 minutes from Christian Pulisic, with the American trying to lift the ball over the Palace ‘keeper
  • Willian looks certain to score seconds before half-time but a superb Gary Cahill block sends the Brazilian’s effort wide
  • HT: 0-0 the Eagles standing firm
  • Tammy Abraham opens scoring on 52nd minute
  • Pulisic doubles lead on 79 minutes. 2-0.
  • FT: 2-0

With Palace facing their fourth side in the top six in a row, the fast start from Frank Lampard’s side was expected. And the Blues very nearly had Reece James on the scoresheet twice in a week, with the full-back’s miscued cross nearly sailing into the back of the net. However, as Guaita has done so often this season, the ‘keeper reacted well to tip the ball round the post.

Palace sat deep and compact, as Chelsea probed to try and a find a way through the well-drilled banks of Roy Hodgson’s ranks. On 12 minutes, Pulisic looked certain to score after a driving run from Willian found him inside the box but Guaita again thwarted well, getting down to smother Pulisic’s attempt.

Two minutes later Willian attempted to get his name on the scoresheet, and despite the groans of excitement from the home ends of Stamford Bridge, Guaita’s nonplussed reaction to the effort suggested it wasn’t as close as many felt.

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Willian was again involved three minutes later, only this time he ended up in referee Mike Dean’s book for a tactical foul. The challenge stopped a Jordan Ayew-led breakaway from a corner after Cheikhou Kouyate’s crunching tackle on the edge of the area dispossessed Mason Mount to create the counter-attack. 

The game petered through to almost half-time without much of note, as Palace defended solidly and Chelsea looked to remain patient. However, on 43 minutes the Eagles were forced in to a change as Joel Ward had to be replaced by Martin Kelly due to injury. 

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Seconds before the first-half ultimately ended at 0-0, Chelsea were left cursing letting Gary Cahill switch west to south London in the summer. With Guaita on the floor from the initial first save, the ball fell to Willian who looked certain to score, however, Cahill showed all his experience with an incredible last-ditch block to send the midfielder’s shot wide.  

The second-half carried on in a similar fashion and on 52 minutes Tammy Abraham held his position to stay onside and slot past Guaita after controlling a delicate flick from Willian.

Guaita didn’t let the loss of his clean sheet faze him though, when on 58 minutes the shot-stopper pulled off an outrageous flying save from Pulisic that was hammering towards the top-right corner of the Palace goal.

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Palace’s need for a minimum of an equaliser saw the Eagles push out, and James Tomkins so nearly tied the game on 69 minutes. Unmarked, the defender found space just outside the six-yard box and from an Andros Townsend free-kick headed just wide.

It wasn’t to be for the Eagles in the early kick-off though, as Pulisic headed home from close-range 10 minutes from time, reacting smartly to a deflected strike from former Palace striker, Michy Batshuayi.

Palace: Guaita, Ward (Kelly ‘43), Tomkins, Cahill, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Kouyate (McCarthy ’82), McArthur (Schlupp ’69), Townsend, Zaha, Ayew.

Subs Not Used: Hennessey, Dann, Benteke, Riedewald.

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, James, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson, Kovačić, Kanté, Mount (Gilmour ’87), Willian, Pulisic (Hudson-Odoi ’80), Abraham (Batshuayi ’72).

Subs Not Used: Christensen, Caballero, Azpilicueta, Giroud.

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