Chelsea further strengthened their position in the Premier League’s top four with victory over Crystal Palace in an entertaining encounter at Selhurst Park. The Blues moved won the game 3-2 to move up to 3rd place as Leicester City’s match against Arsenal ended in draw.
Chelsea’s victory included a stunning long-range strike from Wilfried Zaha and a rare goal from Christian Benteke.
Twice Chelsea looked to have put the game beyond the home side, first through Christian Pulisic’s rising shot to make it 2-0 in the first half and then via Tammy Abraham’s neat finish with 19 minutes to go to put the Blues 3-1 up.
But this reckoned without the input of Zaha and Benteke.
Zaha’s goal was a superb strike, fiercely fired into the net via the crossbar from an unlikely distance. Benteke’s was more routine, tapped in from point-blank range following a neat move, but almost as surprising, it being his first goal at Selhurst Park since April 2018.
And Palace came within a whisker of snatching a point when Scott Dann’s back-post header struck the inside of the post before Chelsea hacked the ball clear.
Chelsea’s win means they move above Leicester into third place in the table, five points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United.
Liverpool may have already confirmed their status as Premier League champions, but there is plenty of drama still to be had at both ends of the table.
With Manchester City set to miss out on Champions League football unless CAS overturns their two-year UEFA ban, the race for a top-five finish looks set to go to the wire.
Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Everton on Monday evening sent Spurs eighth in the table to close the gap on fifth-placed Manchester United to seven points.
Premier League Points Table after Tuesday Games