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10 April 2021 Venue Selhurst Park Attendance

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Palace Preview: Eagles look to continue clean sheet streak against Chelsea

8 April 2021

Crystal Palace will look to secure their fourth consecutive home clean sheet in a row as they prepare to face Chelsea at Selhurst Park on Saturday, 10th April (17:30 BST).

Previous meetings

It may prove to be a task easier said than done against a Chelsea side on a good run of form. The previous meeting earlier in the campaign saw the Blues run away 4-0 winners at Stamford Bridge.

The same fixture last season was a close-fought affair which resulted in a narrow 2-3 defeat for the Eagles, despite a wondergoal from Wilfried Zaha. 

In the past five seasons games between the two at Selhurst Park have typically been decided by one goal, including the 2-1 win against the Blues in 2017.

Preview

The Eagles come into this game after securing a point on the road at Goodison Park on Easter Monday

Since the turn of the year, Palace have managed to keep five clean sheets at home, with three of these coming in the past three games at Selhurst Park. The Eagles will look to press on and secure their fourth consecutive clean sheet, something they haven’t managed since the inaugural Premier League season in 1992.

A victory at Selhurst will see the Eagles surpass the 40-point mark, and almost mathematically secure Premier League safety for another season. This would also equal last season’s tally of 11 wins.

However, Thomas Tuchel’s Blues are in fine form. Since taking the reins at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have managed six wins in 11 Premier League games, with their only defeat coming last weekend in a dramatic 2-5 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion.

The west London outfit arrive at Selhurst Park after a midweek victory against Porto in the Champions League, securing a remarkable 13th clean sheet in 16 games across all competitions.

Tactical overview

The Eagles may elect to continue with the 4-4-2 formation which has helped them secure five points in the past four games. Leading goalscorer Wilfried Zaha could be leading the line, alongside Christian Benteke or Jean-Philippe Mateta.

Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel have often set-up in a 3-4-2-1 formation, sometimes without a traditional striker. The Blues have seen a number of different players start up front - Kai Havertz in more recent weeks, with Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner all featuring too.

Team news

On-loan Michy Batshuayi, who scored the equaliser in Palace’s 1-1 draw against Everton last time out, is ineligible to face his parent club.

Tyrick Mitchell returned to the squad after a few weeks out, however fellow defenders Nathaniel Clyne and Nathan Ferguson continue to be assessed going into the clash against Chelsea.

The midfield duo of James McArthur and James McCarthy are being monitored, whereas defensive duo Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins are still out with long-term injuries.

Chelsea have a clean bill of health ahead of their visit to Selhurst Park, only veteran defender Thiago Silva will be missing through suspension.

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Did you know?

Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke has been directly involved in eight goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances against Chelsea (six goals, two assists).

None of the last 19 Premier League meetings between Palace and Chelsea have ended as a draw – only Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspurs between August 1999 and December 2010 has had a longer run of games without a drawn game in the competition (21).

Match details

  • Saturday 10th April
  • 17:30 BST
  • Selhurst Park
  • Sky Sports

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

Our club website, cpfc.co.uk, is the place to go for team news on the dot, an instant report and all the post-match votes.

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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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 1-4 Chelsea

10 April 2021

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Crystal Palace fell to an on-song Chelsea side at Selhurst Park on Saturday, with the visiting Blues starting and finishing on the front foot despite Christian Benteke's 63rd-minute goal.

Summary

  • Roy Hodgson names the same side which beat West Bromwich Albion and drew with Everton
  • Chelsea take the lead through Kai Havertz before adding a second via Christian Pulisic
  • Vicente Guaita makes a reflex save to deny Havertz from point-blank range
  • Kurt Zouma makes it three for the visitors
  • Half-time: Crystal Palace 0-3 Chelsea
  • After a quiet 15 minutes, Hodgson makes a double substitution: bringing James McCarthy and Jeffrey Schlupp on for Jairo Riedewald and Eberechi Eze
  • Christian Benteke heads home from close range on the end of a Schlupp cross
  • Pulisic bags a second to end any hopes of a Palace fightback
  • Full-time: Crystal Palace 1-4 Chelsea

After frustration against West Brom but success in their recent Porto game, Chelsea began their time at Selhurst Park looking energised and with a sense of urgency. Throughout the first five minutes, Palace were able to absorb the visitor’s consistent pressure as the Blues passed in numbers close to the Holmesdale end.

Their approach paid dividends shortly after kicking-off, however. In a pair of smart moves, Chelsea took a two-goal lead when Kai Havertz first struck home coolly from the right side of the box; ending a move of slick wide passing with a considered finish.

Minutes later, Christian Pulisic opted for a different approach on the end of a similar build-up: slamming hard into the net under pressure while running into the box.

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The game settled down to its earlier style for the next 10 minutes and Vicente Guaita remained sharp in the face of further attacks, remarkably denying Havertz on the volley from just five yards.

Guaita’s actions may have been eye-catching, but Palace couldn’t keep out a third Chelsea goal on the half-hour mark. Taking a free-kick from the left touchline, Mason Mount sent the ball deep into the home box where Kurt Zouma rose to head home from close range.

The Eagles undoubtedly suffered against Chelsea’s driven, fast-passing play but showed flashes of promise going forward; Patrick van Aanholt and Eberechi Eze first testing the Blues along the left-wing and, later, their teammates enjoying a prolonged spell in the visitors' half.

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The south Londoners' strongest moments came in a short period at the back, however, with Guaita denying Mount at the near post, Gary Cahill charging an effort wide with strength and Van Aanholt blocking Zouma on the line in a flurry of well-handled chances.

The second-half began quietly, with Chelsea seemingly content to protect their lead and Palace’s task of breaking down one of the league’s most solid defences a daunting one.

In possession, the Eagles did sit relatively high up the pitch – marking their intentions, but struggling to enact them with the required effect. Roy Hodgson sought to change that with a double substitution after an hour, bringing James McCarthy and Jeffrey Schlupp on for Jairo Riedewald and Eze.

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The change had an impact within minutes as Schlupp drove along the left-wing and put a cutely-placed cross onto Benteke’s head. Rising for his sixth goal of the season, the Belgian powered home from close range to offer his side a shot at fighting back.

The goal was a deserved reward for Palace’s improvement in the second-half, vindicating Hodgson’s change and the Eagles’ higher-pressing approach. Defence remained as important as attack despite the hosts’ goal though and Guaita made another strong stop to deny Havertz his second before Cahill also frustrated the frontman on the line.

Unfortunately, any hopes of fighting back were dashed in the 78th-minute when substitute Reece James played an inviting ball to the back post for Pulisic to bag his second; consigning Palace to defeat after a determined visiting performance.

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Cahill, Kouyate, Ward, Milivojevic, Riedewald (McCarthy 59), Eze (Schlupp 59), Ayew (Townsend 76), Zaha, Benteke.

Subs not used: Butland, Mitchell, Dann, Kelly, Rak-Sakyi, Mateta.

Chelsea: Mendy, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Chilwell, Zouma, Kovacic (Ziyech 83), Jorginho (Kante 61), Mount, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi (James 76), Havertz.

Subs not used: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Emerson, Werner, Giroud, Abraham.

Stay tuned for highlights and post-match reaction from this clash on Palace TV. Keep an eye out by clicking here or 'Palace TV' within the app.

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