CRYSTAL PALACE vs CHELSEA | LIVE!
- Crystal Palace have recorded just four victories in 21 previous Premier League matches against Chelsea
- Chelsea have accrued 27 points in away matches this term, with only Liverpool and Manchester City gaining more
- The Eagles are the only side yet to score more than twice in a Premier League game this season
- Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have kept just one Premier League clean sheet away from home this term
- Ross Barkley has been directly involved in eight goals in his last 10 starts in all competitions, scoring three and assisting five
Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Ward, van Aanholt, Dann, Cahill, McArthur, Kouyate, Milivojevic, Zaha, Ayew, Benteke
Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, James, Christensen, Zouma, Gilmour, Mount, Barkley, Willian, Pulisic, Giroud
Team news arrives. Any surprises? Just the inclusion of Billy Gilmour in place of the injured N’Golo Kante I think. Jorginho on the bench.
Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Ward, van Aanholt, Dann, Cahill, McArthur, Kouyate, Milivojevic, Zaha, Ayew, Benteke.
Subs: Hennessey, Meyer, Townsend, Sakho, McCarthy, Woods, Mitchell, Pierrick, Riedewald.
Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, James, Christensen, Zouma, Gilmour, Mount, Barkley, Willian, Pulisic, Giroud.
Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Abraham, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi.
Well Crystal Palace have fallen off a cliff over the last three games. Their dominant 2-0 victory over Bournemouth indicated they’d end the season strongly but now appears to only prove how bad Eddie Howe’s side are.
Three consecutive defeats for Roy Hodgson and co. without a goal scored.
As for Chelsea, they bounced back from a stoppage-time defeat to West Ham in style with a 3-0 drubbing of Watford. A game that featured one of the most incomprehensible fouls from Étienne Capoue. Still baffled now.
Four wins in five for the Stamford Bridge club – including the one against Manchester City.
Three Premier League fixtures on this evening. Four tomorrow. Three the next day. And what feels like five everyday for the rest of our lives.
Touch morbid there…
Anyway, tonight we’ve got Crystal Palace vs Chelsea, Watford vs Norwich and Arsenal vs Leicester. Every goal, tackle and irritating drinks break will be discussed right here.
Fancy seeing you here.
Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Crystal Palace vs Chelsea from Selhurst Park.
So today marks the start of Gameweek 34. I only write that because I had absolutely no idea where we stood after this festival of football.
Five rounds remaining everything is still up for grabs… apart from the title. Apparently Liverpool won that…
Who will have a European adventure? Who’s having a spell in the second-tier? And who gets the sheer pride of finishing between 8th and 16th? All exciting questions.
Team news out shortly. Standby.