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Palace Preview: Eagles on edge of away triumph record v Chelsea

3 October 2020

Crystal Palace could become just the second team in Premier League history to win at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford in consecutive away games when they take on Chelsea (Saturday 3rd October, 12:30 BST), looking to build on their impressive recent victory against Manchester United.

Palace’s fourth game of the 2020/21 league season precedes a week-long international break, offering them a chance to end a strong start in fine fashion.

Their task may seem daunting, but Roy Hodgson’s men cannot be underestimated - with their United triumph highlighting this, and their recent loss to third-place Everton coming in harsh circumstances.

If any time is a good time to take on the Blues - who finished fourth last season - it seems to be now. Frank Lampard’s charges have secured a win, draw and a loss from their opening league clashes - beating Barnsley and losing on penalties to Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup.

Furthermore, Chelsea have conceded at least three goals in four of their last 10 Premier League games, as many times as they had in their previous 56 matches in the competition.

The Eagles have scored four in their last four league games, with Wilfried Zaha notching two of these. Against Chelsea, Zaha has been involved in six goals from his 12 league games against (three goals, three assists) – against no side has he contributed to more goals in the competition (also six v Leicester City).

Team news

Palace will be without on-loan Michy Batshuayi, who is ineligible to face his parent club.

Scott Dann and Jeffrey Schlupp were absent for the recent Everton clash, but Roy Hodgson confirmed other sidelined players are beginning to make their return. Encouragingly, Christian Benteke returned to the first-team squad to face the Toffees. He featured as an 82-minute substitute.

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Chelsea appear to be without Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and Billy Gilmour - each of which is reportedly out for the next few weeks.

First Team

Wilfried Zaha voted September's W88 Player of the Month

1 October 2020

Did you know?

None of the last 18 Premier League meetings between Chelsea and Palace have finished level, with the Blues winning 14 to Palace’s four. Only Newcastle United v Tottenham (21 between 1999-2010) and Chelsea v Sunderland (19 between 2002-2014) have seen longer runs without a draw in the competition.

Tactical overview

Chelsea have enjoyed an active transfer period, bringing several big names over to SW6. These include Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Kai Havertz and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. 

Werner, Silva and Havertz have each been competing for the Blues, who have netted six from their last three games in a flexible, relatively narrow formation.

Perhaps most crucially, Havertz has been involved in four goals (three goals, one assist) from four games.

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How to follow

On TV

Chelsea v Palace will be shown live in the UK via BT Sport.

Palace Audio

Palace supporters all over the world can listen to live audio commentary of every Palace fixture in the 2020/21 season for just £1.49 per game on the official club app, mobile internet or on desktop.

Fans can buy a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49 by clicking here

Find out more about Palace Audio here

Social media

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.

Download our app for free here!

International fans

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here.

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Match Reports

Report: Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace

3 October 2020

Crystal Palace fell to a harsh 4-0 scoreline at Stamford Bridge, having held Chelsea off adeptly for 45 minutes before conceding four cruel goals in the second-half.

  • Roy Hodgson makes one change to his squad, bringing in Scott Dann for Michy Batshuayi, who cannot face his parent club
  • A minute’s silence is observed for Sgt Matt Ratana
  • The first 45 minutes are quiet, as Chelsea steadily test Palace’s assured defensive capabilities
  • The Eagles hold firm in the face of a tame challenge
  • Half-time: Chelsea 0-0 Crystal Palace
  • Chelsea turn their possession into goals, with Ben Chilwell netting their first
  • Kurt Zouma makes it two before Jorginho nets a pair of penalties 
  • Full-time: Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace

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This afternoon’s clash began at the pace required to sustain itself for 90 minutes, with Chelsea enjoying much of the possession and Palace comfortably soaking up pressure from their patient hosts.

Teasing, well-placed crosses began to test the Palace backline, with Ben Chilwell, Cesar Azpilicueta and Jorginho lofting balls into the box to no avail.

The gameplan was apparent for all to see: the Blues’ skilled side would bide their time, steadily seeking to exploit gaps in the Palace XI - while Palace would refuse to allow those gaps to open and hunt an advantage on the counter-attack.

After 20 minutes, the game embodied a textbook travelling Palace performance as Vicente Guaita highlighted their stability with a confident stop to hold Kai Havertz’s close-range effort.

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Beyond this, there was little else to report from the first-half - with Chelsea’s possession yielding few results. The Eagles managed a handful of pushes forward, but neither goalkeeper was forced into serious action throughout the opening 45.

Palace would have been perfectly happy to repeat their first-half performance for the next spell, with the onus on Chelsea to step-up their approach. Frustratingly, that is exactly what they did - finally turning possession into an advantage when Chilwell drilled into the net as the ball spun loose in the box.

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The Eagles didn’t appear flustered after going behind however - maintaining their shape but perhaps looking a little more direct when moving up the pitch.

This tweaked approach began to show fleeting signs of success, with Wilfried Zaha seeing his shot blocked and Jordan Ayew being denied by Edouard Mendy in goal.

But these chances weren’t enough, and Chelsea’s patient plan paid dividends for a second time when goalscorer Chilwell turned provider, floating a cross for Kurt Zouma to power home from the centre of the box.

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Being two goals behind was certainly harsh for Hodgson’s men but it did force their hand - bringing Luka Milivojevic and Jairo Riedewald onto the pitch and proactively upping their attacking intent. This led to the south Londoners forcing Chilwell into reflexive action to chest into his goalkeeper’s arms after a spell of Palace pressure.

This wasn’t necessarily too little, too late, but Chelsea managed to secure their victory with 12 minutes of time remaining when Jorginho struck home from the spot after a soft Tyrick Mitchell foul on Tammy Abraham handed the Blues a penalty.

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Lightning then struck twice in cruel fashion, with Sakho felling Kai Havertz, enabling Jorginho to slot home his second from the spot.

By full-time, the Eagles had to contend with a harsh scoreline and zero points - looking to re-collect during the international break.

Chelsea: Mendy, Jorginho, Silva, Azpilicueta, Chilwell, Kante (Pulisic 83), Zouma, Hudson-Odoi (Kovacic 83), Havertz, Abraham, Werner.

Subs: Kepa, Tomori, Mount, James, Giroud.

Palace: Guaita, Mitchell, Sakho, Kouyaté, Ward, Eze, McArthur (Riedewald 72), McCarthy (Milivojević 67), Townsend, Zaha, Ayew.

Subs: Hennessey, Kelly, Dann, Meyer, Benteke.

Stay tuned for full match reaction and highlights for free on Palace TV. Either click here to watch or click 'Palace TV' within the official app.

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