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The teams are out and we’re moments away from kick-off!
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Looking at Crystal Palace, Townsend returns to the starting line-up after recovering from the injury that kept him out against the Leicester. He replaces Jeffrey Schlupp.
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Lampard makes two changes for Chelsea as Kante returns to the side following a lengthy injury. Reece James also comes into the in place of Azpilicueta, which means Willian will captain the side this afternoon.
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Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Ward, Tomkins, Cahill, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Kouyate, Milivojevic, Townsend, Zaha, Ayew. Subs: Hennessey, Dann, Kelly, Riedewald, McCarthy, Schlupp, Benteke.
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Chelsea XI: Kepa, James, Tomori, Zouma, Emerson, Kante, Kovacic, Mount, Willian, Pulisic, Abraham. Subs: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Gilmour, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, Giroud.
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Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of this Premier League clash between Chelsea and Crystal Palace, live from Stamford Bridge!
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Kick-off! Palace get the match underway!
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Chelsea attack early on! Willian drives up the field before Kovacic has an effort blocked. James then whips a dangerous cross into the area which Guaita tips behind for a corner. A lively start!
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Townsend crosses into the Chelsea area from the right towards Ayew, but Zouma stands tall to head away to safety. Kovacic then misplaces a pass which ruins any chance of a Chelsea counter-attack!
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Pulisic hits one! Mason Mount collects on the left-wing and plays to the feet of Pulisic. The American drifts across the edge of the 18-yard box line and shoots, but it goes into the side-netting at the near post!
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Willian drives down the right and bullets a cross into the area, but McArthur clears for a corner. It's crossed into the area, but Ward and Tomkins are able to head away.
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Chelsea free-kick! Mason Mount does well to win the ball and then a foul outside the Palace area. The youngster crosses the set-piece into the danger zone, but Cahill is able to head clear once again for Palace.
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Pulisic close! Willian breaks on a counter and plays Pulisic through inside the area on the left. Pulisic displays brilliant feet to skip past two defenders before shooting into the body of Guaita from close range!
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Close! Willian strikes a fantastic curling free-kick towards the top right corner which goes just wide of the post! There were some Chelsea fans who were convinced it was heading into the back of the net.
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Chelsea free-kick! Reece James does excellently to pull off a fake-shot from outside the area and win a foul for The Blues. Willian and Emerson step over the dead-ball in a shooting position...
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Yellow card! Willian is booked for bundling Ayew down to the ground as Palace were breaking on a dangerous looking counter-attack.
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Yellow card! Zaha is booked for bringing down Willian outside the Palace area. Emerson and Willian step over the ball in a good crossing position...
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Emerson shoots! His effort goes high and wide at the near post, in an effort which may have been better crossed into the danger zone for Zouma and Tomori.
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Chelsea close! Pulisic is played into the area and displays brilliant feet! He lays the ball back to Kante who shoots first-time but the effort is blocked! Mount is then fouled outside the area and Chelsea have a free-kick in a good shooting position.
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Mount shoots! The free-kick was aimed towards the top right corner on the keeper's side but is blocked by the long wall of Palace players!
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Free-kick! Zaha is brought down by James on the left side of the area and Palace have a free-kick in a very good crossing position.
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Milivojevic wide! The effort was a half-shot half-cross towards the back post which ended up going all the way out for a goal-kick.
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Yellow card! Kovacic is booked for a late sliding challenge in the middle of the park.
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Zaha looks to knock the ball down the line past Reece James, but the defender intervenes with a firm challenge that draws recognition from the Stamford Bridge crowd.
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Chelsea win a free-kick. Willian is brought down on the right side of the pitch, and it's the Brazilian who stands over the ball to cross. He delivers towards Emerson at the far-post but it goes out for a goal-kick.
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There's a break in play as Joel Ward is down injured, and it appears he won't be able to continue. Chelsea win a corner in the meantime through Pulisic down the left.
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Willian shoots! The winger hits a deflected effort which appears to be looping down into the top right corner of the net, but Guaita stands under it and holds! That was close!
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Substitution for Palace: Kelly comes on for Ward who limps off with an injury. It's a real shame as Joel Ward looks very disappointed to have picked up this injury.
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There will be a minimum of 4 minutes added time.
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Second-half! Chelsea get the match underway.
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Handball appeal! Pulisic miss-controls the ball in the area which pops up into the arm of Kelly, but there's not enough in it for a penalty.
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Pulisic heads! Kante whips a one-touch cross into the area from the right side which meets the head of Pulisic, but the Chelsea man can only head over the crossbar having been surrounded by a number of Palace bodies.
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Abraham close! The ball is crossed into the area from the right side and deflects into the path of Abraham! He hits the bouncing ball into the side-netting, but the assistant has his flag up for offside.
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Half-time! There won't be time for the Chelsea corner as the referee calls an end to the half. Chelsea really did come so, so close at the end there. The score at half-time: Chelsea 0-0 Crystal Palace!
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Best chance of the match! Reece James drives a low ball across the face of goal which Abraham just can't get a toe on! With Guaita out of the picture, it falls to Willian inside the 6-yard box who sees his effort deflected out for a corner!
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GOAL! Abraham gives Chelsea the lead! What a fantastic team goal. Kovacic beats two men and plays Willian on the edge of the area. Willian then flicks it on to Abraham who slots into the bottom right corner with just the keeper to beat!
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There's a break in play as James Tomkins is down with an issue. It's unclear whether he'll be okay to continue at this point, so we'll have to wait and see how he does.
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Guaita saves! Kovacic pings it to Pulisic who drives at goal and fires a powerful effort towards the top left corner which Guaita tips over the crossbar for a corner! Great strike and save from both players there.
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Chance! Willian drives into the area from the left side with purpose and touches it off to the feet of Abraham. The striker tries to get the ball out from under his feet and shoots at goal, but the effort goes high and wide at the near post.
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Crystal Palace retain possession for a decent period of time for the first time in the match, with Chelsea happy for them to knock it around. Zaha eventually picks it up on the left and crosses into the area, but Zouma and Tomori deal with the threat.
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Pulisic shoots! Mason Mount plays the ball forward towards Kovacic who lets it run to Pulisic. The American takes a touch inside the area and shoots, but the effort goes high over the crossbar.
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We're being told on the touchline that Schlupp will be coming on for McArthur for Palace shortly.
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Palace come close! A free-kick is crossed into the area from the right side towards an unmarked Tomkins. He gets his head low to make contact with the ball but can only guide the effort wide of the left post!
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Substitution: Here's that change for Palace as Schlupp comes on for McArthur in a tactical switch.
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Chelsea under attack! The ball is crossed into the area and headed up into the air by Zouma. It falls to the feet of Zaha in a dangerous position, but his effort gets blocked. Play is eventually halted, however, as Zouma is down with a minor head injury.
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Substitution for Chelsea: Batshuayi comes on for Abraham in a tactical switch. Zouma re-enters the pitch and he'll be fine to continue.
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Chances for Chelsea! Mount shoots from range, but it's blocked. Emerson then drives down the left-wing and fires across the face of goal which Guaita touching it out for a corner! The corner is then crossed in but it comes to nothing.
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GOAL! Pulisic doubles Chelsea's lead! Batshuayi controls in the area and has his shot deflected into the path of the onrushing Pulisic who heads past Guaita into the far corner! Well done to Chelsea for wrapping up the tie.
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Substitution for Chelsea: Callum Hudson-Odoi comes on for the goal-scorer Pulisic in a tactical switch.
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Substitution for Palace now: McCarthy comes on for Kouyate in a tactical switch.
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Schlupp brings Willian down in the Palace half and Chelsea have a free-kick. It's played short and then back to the defence as Chelsea look to see the match out.
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Kepa saves! Zaha squares the ball to McCarthy on the edge of the area who hits a low-effort on target, but Kepa gets down well to make the stop, gathering it on the second attempt.
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Hudson-Odoi does well! The winger collects on the half-way line and breaks for Chelsea down the left. He drifts towards the centre of the pitch and fires from range, but it goes wide of the right post! Good intent from the Chelsea youngster there.
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Substitution for Chelsea: Billy Gilmour comes on for Mason Mount in a tactical switch. Chelsea's average age for their team on the pitch gets even younger!
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There will be a minimum of 4 minutes added time. It doesn't look like Palace will be getting back into this one...
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Batshuayi shoots! Kante plays a one-touch ball into the box which is controlled by Batshuayi with his back to goal. He has options to pass it off but opts to swivel and shoot seeing his effort blocked! The Chelsea striker needs to get his head up.
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Yellow card! McCarthy is booked for raising his studs against Kovacic, and Chelsea have a free-kick in a good shooting position. Willian and Emerson stand over the dead-ball...
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Just over! Willian fires the free-kick towards the top-left corner with power but sees the effort fly over the crossbar! Good effort by the winger, but it never looked to be troubling the keeper.
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Full-time! It was a really great performance by Chelsea who seal the victory courtesy of second-half goals by Abraham and Pulisic. Final score at Stamford Bridge: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace. Thanks for joining us!
Chelsea
Crystal Palace
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Goal Scorers
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52' Tammy Abraham
79' Christian ...
3
Yellow Cards
2
17' Willian
31' Emerson
33' Mateo Kovacic
21' Wilfried Zaha
93' James McCa...
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Red Cards
0
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Squad
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Kepa Arriza...
N'Golo Kanté
Tammy Abraham
Willian
Kurt Zouma
Mateo Kovacic
Mason Mount
Christian P...
Reece James
Fikayo Tomori
Emerson
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7
9
10
15
17
19
22
24
29
33
2
3
4
5
8
9
10
11
18
24
31
Joel Ward
Patrick van...
Luka Milivo...
James Tomkins
Cheikhou Ko...
Jordan Ayew
Andros Town...
Wilfried Zaha
James McArthur
Gary Cahill
Vicente Guaita
7
Reserves
7
Andreas Chr...
Willy Cabal...
Olivier Giroud
Callum Huds...
Michy Batsh...
César Azpil...
Billy Gilmour
4
13
18
20
23
28
47
6
13
15
17
22
34
44
Scott Dann
Wayne Henne...
Jeffrey Sch...
Christian B...
James McCarthy
Martin Kelly
Jairo Riede...