Premier League Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: Chelsea win 1-4 away against Crystal Palace in their 31st game of the season. They are now at the 4h position in the Premier League table, 2 points, and a game ahead of Leicester City.
For the 3rd match running, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson named an unchanged starting XI.
As for Chelsea, Tuchel made 5 changes from last weekend’s defeat against West Brom. Kai Havertz started in the false 9 role, and Rudiger, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, and Mount all started the game.
Premier League: Chelsea take an early lead
It was Chelsea’s most expensive signing, Kai Havertz who put the Blues in front with a goal in the 8th minute.
Guaita made a very good stop but was unable to stop Kai Havertz as the ball landed on his left foot. He still had stuff to do as he calmly placed the ball in the bottom right corner to score the 1st goal of the match.
Premier League: Chelsea double their lead
It took the Blues just 2 minutes to double their lead. After a stunning move, Havertz became the provider by cutting the ball to Christian Pulisic.
The American took a touch before rocketing an unsavable shot past helpless Guaita.
Premier League: Chelsea increase their advantage
The Blues got their 3rd goal of the match in the 30th minute. It was Kurt Zouma.
The center-half climbed to meet Mount’s deep free-kick and finished a firm header beyond the Crystal Palace goalkeeper.
Premier League: Palace gets 1 back
Crystal Palace scored the 1st goal of the 2nd half. Christian Benteke reduced the deficit to 2 goals for Roy Hodgson’s side.
The Belgian met Schlupp’s cross to power a header past Mendy.
Premier League: Pulisic gets double
Chelsea put the result beyond doubt in the 78th minute, diminishing any hopes for Palace to come back.
The American international met Reece James’ deflected cross at the far post, before applying the finishing touch.