Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace: Premier League highlights and recap

Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace: Premier League highlights and recap

Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace: Premier League highlights and recap

After a bleak two weeks of traveling to Manchester, which saw a grand total of zero points gained against United and City, Chelsea's hopes of finishing in the top-four were stung.

Thanks to a dominant performance in the first half and a solid collective effort after the break, Antonio Conte's men defeated Crystal Palace 2-1, although the scoreline is tighter than what it should have been. Willian has only completed 90 minutes six times this season and played less than half the matches during Chelsea's downturn since the new year.

In the 32nd minute, Chelsea doubled the lead through an own goal by Martin Kelly after Davide Zappacosta's shot from inside the box deflected off Hennessy and Kelly. Olivier played against West Brom from the start, he played against Hull and he came on in other games, but he's ready.

The Blues cruised past Roy Hodgson's side at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League's late kick-off. "It's very important to have a balance in the team because when you don't have that balance anything can happen".

Patrick van Aanholt picked up a goal in that game against the Red Devils and should start at left-back while young Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has put in solid shifts in the last two games, should keep his place at right-back, keeping Joel Ward on the bench.

However, Chelsea began to dominate, with Zappacosta doing more or less as he chose down Chelsea's right, and Willian firing in a series of shots as Palace conceded space.

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Chelsea were on top for most of the first half and attempted a total of 16 shots, though both of their goals had more than a hint of fortune about them.

N'Golo Kante did not feature against Manchester City and could be rested against Crystal Palace as well, which means we could see the pairing of Cesc Fabregas and Danny Drinkwater in midfield once again.

Antonio Conte's Premier League champions lost 2-1 to the Eagles in October and have the chance of revenge at Stamford Bridge in tomorrow's (1.30am local time) kick-off.

Zaha caught Zappacosta in possession and Alexander Sorloth was left with only Thibaut Courtois to beat. An opportunist goal, his 13th of the campaign, combined with an effervescent display and a willingness to tackle back made this a man-of-the-match performance for the Brazil global.

"It's all about timing for Palace". So close! The Frenchman was replaced by Alvaro Morata with a little under 20 minutes to play, and could count himself unfortunate not to have opened his league account.

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