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Marcos Alonso
K. Havertz
C. Pulisic
T. Chalobah
M. Kovačić
3 - 0
C. Pulisic
2 - 0
Marcos Alonso
1 - 0

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61% 38%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 6 1
Total Passes 678 423
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Chelsea are on the road to Arsenal next week in their next Premier League outing, while Palace host Brentford in their home opener.
Chelsea begin their Premier League campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. Marcos Alonso put the hosts ahead with a brilliant free-kick before Christian Pulisic doubled their advantage before the break with a close-range strike. Trevor Chalobah notched his first Premier League goal for the Blues with a crisp finish from the edge of the box to wrap up the points. Thomas Tuchel's men have made a bright start, while Patrick Vieira begins his reign at the Eagles with a defeat.
90' There will be two minutes of added time.
89' WIDE! McArthur hangs a cross into the right-inside channel for Benteke, but the Belgian's strike travels across the face of goal and wide.
88' Tuchel will be delighted with his side's performance this afternoon. They've controlled proceedings from start to finish without a threat from the visitors.
Marcos Alonso
86' Emerson makes his way on to the field to replace Alonso down the left flank. Alonso has been excellent this afternoon.
83' Jorginho releases the run of Havertz in the right-inside channel, but his cutback is cleared by the visitors.
K. Havertz
C. Pulisic
82' Pulisic is withdrawn for Havertz in the final third.
80' Mitchell floats a cross into the box from the left flank. The ball bounces around the box and almost falls for McArthur, but Kovacic is on hand to clear the danger for the Blues. Benteke then fouls Chalobah as the two battle for the ball in the air.
79' Zaha draws a foul from Chalobah down the left flank that will allow the Eagles to send men forward into the Chelsea box.
J. Rak-Sakyi
J. Riedewald
76' Rak-Sakyi enters the action for Riedewald for the Eagles.
76' Chelsea continue to threaten down the right. James has a surge into the box, but his cross is repelled by the Eagles defence.
74' It is a good opportunity for Vieira to see the character of his side. They need to keep playing until the end and not fold amid the brilliance of the Blues.
72' Zaha drops his shoulder as he fends off Jorginho, but his throughball towards Benteke is well intercepted by Christensen on the edge of the Chelsea box.
69' Werner and Alonso combine down the left flank, but a return pass from the German towards the Spaniard is sent behind by Andersen for a corner.
68' Chalobah is receiving plenty of encouragement from the Chelsea fans as he bombs down the right wing. However, on this occasion his cutback is cleared by Kouyate.
R. James
67' James enters the action to replace Azpilicueta down the right flank.
65' Tuchel will not want to see his side relax. Manchester United sent out a statement with their victory over Leeds and the German will be eager for his side to do the same.
63' Ayew rises in the box to attack a cross from McArthur, but he can only send a tame header straight at Mendy.
60' Palace have been too passive in the contest and have paid the price. It has been all too easy for the hosts this afternoon.
M. Kovačić
58' Kovacic releases Chalobah into space on the right flank and the defender does the rest with a fine finish.
T. Chalobah
58' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! CHALOBAH SCORES HIS FIRST CHELSEA GOAL!!!!! 3-0!!!!!! The defender gets off the mark in the Premier League in style. He is played into space on the right flank and is afforded space and time. Chalobah connects well with his right-footed strike and it races past Guaita into the bottom-left corner. A fine effort from Chalobah to surely put the Blues out of reach.
C. Benteke
J. Mateta
57' Mateta has been quiet for the visitors and is now replaced by Benteke.
J. Andersen
J. Schlupp
57' Schlupp is withdrawn for Andersen, who will drop back into a three-man defence.
54' Schlupp latches on to a loose ball on the edge of the box and lines up a strike, but he sends his effort over the top.
53' SAVE! Ayew releases Zaha into space behind the Chelsea defence and he surges into the right-inside channel. He pulls the trigger on a low strike that is well saved by Mendy with his body before Christensen bundles the ball behind for a corner.
50' Vieira needs to figure out a way to get Zaha into the contest. He has been very quiet thus far at Stamford Bridge.
48' OVER! Alonso goes for goal once again, but this time he gets too much height on his strike and it travels over the bar.
46' Mount draws a foul from Guehi within the range of Alonso once again. Palace are not learning from their mistakes.
46' We're back under way at Stamford Bridge.
Patrick Vieira will be concerned about his side's performance. They've not laid a glove on Chelsea in the first half and Wilfried Zaha looked especially frustrated. The Eagles need an early goal in the second half to get back into the game.
Chelsea hold a 2-0 lead over Crystal Palace at half-time of their Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. Marcos Alonso curled the Blues in front with a sublime effort from a free-kick in the 27th minute before Christian Pulisic extended their advantage with a close-range finish. Thomas Tuchel's men have not been at their free-flowing best, but are on their way to an opening-day win.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
42' Tuchel will be pleased with his side's clinical edge in the first half. They've not been at their best, but the Blues are in command here.
C. Pulisic
40' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! PULISIC STABS HOME FROM CLOSE RANGE!!!!!! 2-0 CHELSEA!!!!!! The Blues double their advantage as Pulisic capitalises on a spill from Guaita to guide the ball into the back of the net. Mount plays a delightful one-two with Azpilicueta down the right flank and he fires a hard low cross into the middle. Guaita gets a hand to it, but pushes the ball towards Pulisic. The American needs no second invitation and he pokes it in using his left foot.
38' Alonso's strike was Chelsea's 50th direct free-kick goal in Premier League history, with only Manchester United (64) netting more in the competition. 
36' Mount makes a good burst down the right-inside channel, but he just cannot connect with Pulisic with his cutback into the box.
34' BLOCK! Mount goes for goal on this occasion, but he fails to clear the wall with his strike. Chelsea keep the ball alive as it ricochets around the box, but the Eagles finally manage to take control of the situation.
33' Chelsea win yet another free-kick. Pulisic draws the foul from Riedewald 25 yards from goal. Mount and Alonso will fancy their chances here.
33' Azpilicueta runs down the right flank to latch on to Chalobah's ball, but he can only flick his cross into the hands of Guaita.
31' Mount curls a dangerous cross into the box towards Chalobah, but Guehi is on hand to nod it away from the six-yard box.
30' Pulisic is too quick for Kouyate, forcing the Palace defender to foul the American. Chelsea have a free-kick on the left flank.
Marcos Alonso
27' WHAT A GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! ALSONO CURLS HOME A BEAUTY!!!!! 1-0 CHELSEA!!!!! The Blues make Mitchell pay as Alonso strikes his free-kick into the top-right corner. The Spaniard angles his effort over the wall and it curls away from Guaita into the back of the net. The Palace keeper had no chance there.
26' Mitchell catches Mount with a stray boot and hands Chelsea a free-kick right on the edge of the box. Alonso stands over the ball. This could be dangerous.
25' Azpilicueta hooks a cross towards Mount, who sends it in the direction of Werner. Kouyate rises above the German to make a vital headed clearance.
23' Palace have been organised at the back and are frustrating the Blues at the moment. There is no easy access for Werner, Pulisic and Mount.
21' Christensen bursts forward from the back and angles a dangerous cross into the box towards Mount that Ward has to nod behind.
18' The Eagles are trying to work themselves into the game, but the high press from Chelsea is making life difficult.
16' The Palace fans behind the Chelsea goal jeer the referee as the believe they finally get a call in their favour as Kovacic fouls Ward.
15' SAVE! Mount goes for goal with a curling strike from 20 yards, but his effort is repelled by the fists of Guaita.
14' Mount is tripped on the edge of the box by Ward and Chelsea are awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position.
13' WIDE! Kovacic collects a cutback from Werner on the edge of the box and goes for a low strike towards the target, but his attempt is deflected just wide of the left post.
12' Alonso wins the ball and plays a one-two with Werner, but the offload from the German into the left-inside channel goes astray.
10' SAVE! Alonso has space on the left flank and he angles a cross into the box. Pulisic arrives with a glancing header, but he sends his attempt straight at Guaita.
7' Mount does well down the right and fires a low ball into the box. Werner tries to take it in stride, but cannot escape Kouyate. It rolls out to Azpilicueta to strike from a difficult angle and his effort sails well over the bar.
6' It has been a quiet start to proceedings as the Blues have dominated possession, but have not worked their way through the Palace backline yet.
3' Werner tries to stretch in the right-inside channel to keep a pass from Jorginho alive, but he cannot stop it rolling out for a goal-kick.
1' We're underway at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have won 16 of their last 20 Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (L4), including each of the last seven in a row.
Vieira hands a debut to only one of his summer signings. Guehi gets the nod to start against his former club in the heart of the Palace defence. He partners Kouyate, while Mitchell and Ward make up the back four, leaving Andersen on the bench. Zaha, Mateta and Ayew lead the line for the Eagles. 
Chelsea have made five changes to their side that beat Villarreal in the European Super Cup final. Christensen, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Mount and Pulisic all start for the Blues this afternoon. Havertz, Hudson-Odoi and Zouma all drop to the bench. Hakim Ziyech is out with a shoulder injury and N'Golo Kante is also sidelined after suffering a knock during the week. Lukaku will have to wait for his second Chelsea debut.
CRYSTAL PALACE SUBS: Jack Butland, Joachim Andersen, Nathaniel Clyne, Christian Benteke, Martin Kelly, Scott Banks, Reece Hannam, Robert Street, Jesuran Rak-Sakyi.
CRYSTAL PALACE (4-3-3): Vicente Guaita; Joel Ward, Marc Guehi, Cheikhou Kouyate, Tyrick Mitchell; Jairo Riedewald, James McArthur, Jeffrey Schlupp; Jordan Ayew, Jean-Philippe Mateta, Wilfried Zaha.
CHELSEA SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Thiago Silva, Tammy Abraham, Kurt Zouma, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Kai Havertz, Emerson.
CHELSEA (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Trevor Chalobah, Andreas Christenen, Antonio Rudiger; Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner, Mason Mount.
Palace begin a new era with Patrick Vieira in the dugout after the Frenchman replaced Roy Hodgson, who stepped down at the end of last term. The Eagles have finished 14th in their last two terms and will be eager to improve their standing under their new manager. Vieira will manage in the Premier League for the first time, although he is far from a novice having previous experience with New York City FC and Nice. Palace have been active in the transfer market over the summer with the signings of Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi and Michael Olise along with a loan move for Conor Gallagher. All eyes will be on the former Arsenal skipper to see how he performs as a Premier League manager.
Chelsea return to Premier League action after a successful two-game spell in Europe. The Blues have won the Champions League and the European Super Cup since their last league outing in May. Romelu Lukaku has been signed since their triumph in the Super Cup on Wednesday over Villarreal, although the Belgian is not avaiable today. Thomas Tuchel made a decisive impact last season and will be eyeing the top-flight crown after beating Manchester City in the Champions League. A strong start is required on home soil.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.