Preview - Chelsea vs Crystal Palace March 11 2018

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Match Day 30
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
Sunday, March 1th, 2018
01:30 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Last five matches form: W W D L L
Average goals per match: 1.7
Average goals against per match: 0.9
Top Scorer: Eden Hazard (11)

Crystal Palace:
Last five matches form: D D L L L
Average goals per match: 0.9
Average goals against per match: 1.6
Top Scorer: Luka Milivojevic (7)

Two teams with plenty to play for meet in this London Derby, as Crystal Palace travel to Stamford Bridge to meet outgoing Champions Chelsea.

For a team in Crystal Palace's position, their ever-increasing injury list is proving to be nothing short of disastrous. Well on their way to safety a catalogue of issues affecting key players such as Wilfired Zaha, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mamadou Sakho has seen the Eagles plummet down the table and find themselves in the relegation zone once more. Following that gut-wrenching home defeat to Manchester United last week, a trip to a Chelsea side desperately needing a win to reignite their push for the top four probably wasn't at the top of Roy Hodgson's wish list.

N'golo Kanté is a doubt for Chelsea following the pre-match fainting incident last week and he would undoubtedly be a miss in the centre of the park. His absence may force Antonio Conté into a more attacking formation.

This should certainly be a far cry from the backs against the wall strategy employed at the Etihad last week and Palace may well struggle to contain the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian.

Barring the - down to nine men - debacle against Burnley on the opening day and that strange defeat to Bournemouth, Chelsea have generally been reliable at home, particularly against the lesser lights. Much the better side without even accounting for Palace's injury woes, they should come out comfortably on top here.

Prediction: Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace


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Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 27 - 9
Shots on target: 11 - 2
Corner Kicks: 12 - 3
Possession: 62% - 38%

Anthony Taylor dished out three yellow cards at Stamford Bridge, with Alvaro Morata of Chelsea and Crystal Palace's Patrick van Aanholt and James Tomkins making their way into his notebook.

Antonio Conté's men seemed intent on attacking from the off here, creating no fewer than five chances in the opening 11 minutes. Palace weathered the storm, but not for long.

Willian had a shot at goal from range in the 23rd minute when failing to hit the target. He is a dangerous man to give a second chance to though and the Brazilian made no mistake just two minutes later when teed up by N'golo Kanté. 1-0.

Just seven minutes later, a difficult task for Palace began to look impossible. A calamitous moment for defender Martin Kelly saw him block the ball into his own net. 2-0 at half-time.

If Palace were to find a way back into this game, they would need a goal quickly in the second half, and they very nearly got it. Recent signing Alexander Sørloth hitting the post when played in by Wilfried Zaha.

From nearly having their lead halved, Chelsea were close to being out of sight in the 67th minute. It was Olivier Giroud who struck the woodwork this time.

Patrick van Aanholt did grab a late consolation for the visitors, who did well to protect their goal difference here having been two down so early.

A must win game for Chelsea in their pursuit of Champion's League football. They probably do still need fourth place Tottenham to slip up but do also edge three points closer to Liverpool following the Reds defeat at Old Trafford.

This was never likely to be a match which saw Palace escape from the relegation zone and in the end so it proved. Results elsewhere could certainly have been worse for Roy Hodgson's men though. Still third bottom, they are nevertheless only one point adrift of safety.

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