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Crystal Palace v Chelsea Live Commentary, 01/10/2022

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O. Édouard (7)
P. Aubameyang (38)
C. Gallagher (90)
Selhurst Park


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That late Gallagher winner gets Graham Potter's chelsea reign off to the best possible start, and propels the Blues to fifth in the table, just a point off Potter's former club, Brighton, in fourth. Palace stay 16th, despite receiving no points for their gallant display at Selhurst Park, but still await a second win of the season and are now without a victory in their last four games.
Sterling didn't get on the scoresheet, but his movement and back-to-goal play gave Chelsea a constant attacking outlet. He finished the match with three shots and key passes apiece, with one of the former on-target. He mustered a team-high xG of 0.53 and had 10 touches in the box, as well as winning possession twice in the final third. He did lose the ball 18 times though, but that shows just how committed and organised the Palace rearguard was throughout both halves.
What a finish to the game!!! The late introduction of former Palace loanee Gallagher proved to be the difference, with the Chelsea midfielder firing a fantastic shot into the top corner to win it for the Blues! The second half didn't ebb and flow like the first, but still yielded several chances, but Palace just couldn't find a way through, and Chelsea patiently waited for the game-winning opportunity to arrive, and boy, did it arrive!
90' + 3' Mitchell looks to latch onto Schlupp's pass, but is dragged to ground thanks to a Sterling shirt pull and wins the free-kick.
90' + 1' Four minutes of injury time to play, and is it enough for Palace to snatch a late draw?
C. Pulišić
90' Fantastic work from Pulisic, who with almost his first touch, dribbled in-field and beat a man before teeing up Gallagher to unleash that howitzer!
C. Gallagher
90' GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!! What a strike!!!! And guess who it is!!!! Pulisic cuts inside and beats one before finding Gallagher, who picks out the top corner from the edge of the box with an absolutely thunderous strike!!! What a hit, and what a way to potentially win this game, and it's all the more heartbreaking for Palace, who go 2-1 down thanks to their former loanee with mere moments left to play!
M. Kovačić
Yellow Card
88' Kovacic is dispossessed by Mateta in midfield, but commits a foul himself by holding Olise back, by his foot, as the Palace man comes away with the ball. The Croatian international picks up a late yellow card for the foul.
86' A succession of Palace corners results in a Chelsea goal-kick, as Mateta heads over the bar from Olise's ball to the near post.
C. Pulišić
M. Mount
84' Mount's gone close a few times for Chelsea, but he comes off now, with Christian Pulisic taking his place.
W. Hughes
C. Doucouré
Crystal Palace
84' Doucoure also comes off, and is replaced at the base of Palace's midfield by Will Hughes.
J. Mateta
O. Édouard
Crystal Palace
84' Palace's goalscorer Edouard comes off, and in his place comes Jean-Philippe Mateta, hoping to add a late winner to compliment Edouard's early opener.
83' Zaha crosses from the byline again, but the ball takes a wicked deflection off Silva and skews across the face of goal before going behind!
81' CHANCE!!! Doucoure puts Zaha into space down the right and the winger takes on Chilwell before crossing. He fires a low drive into the six-yard box, but it's knocked away by a sliding Fofana!
79' SAVED!!! Guehi heads away Gallagher's ball forward, but it's flicked back over the top for Sterling, whose half-volley from a tight angle is held by Guaita!
77' Chilwell crosses for Sterling at the far post, but the Chelsea forward can't connect cleanly with his volley and the ball goes astray!
C. Gallagher
K. Havertz
76' Havertz also comes off, and is replaced by Conor Gallagher, who excelled on loan at Selhurst Park last season and whose qualities are well known to the home supporters.
A. Broja
P. Aubameyang
75' Aubameyang's goal locked this game up for Chelsea, but he's off now, with Armando Broja hoping to have an even greater impact from the bench.
75' WIDE!!! Sterling picks up the ball on the turn and feeds Mount, who fires a shot low and just wide of the post!
J. Schlupp
E. Eze
Crystal Palace
74' Eze comes off having been superb in the middle for Palace, and he's replaced by Jeffrey Schlupp.
72' Zaha strolls forward and drops his shoulder before playing it through to Eze. He races to latch onto the ball, but Kepa's out to smother it before the Palace midfielder can gain possession and beat him!
71' SAVED!!! Olise stands up Chilwell before cutting the ball back to Zaha, who lashes a low shot towards goal that Kepa spills! Silva rushes in to clear, but that was a good effort from the hosts!
69' A poor backpass from Mitchell is picked up by Sterling, but 15 yards from goal, he chooses to pass rather than shoot and Guehi clears after intercepting!
67' Chelsea have won eight of their last nine London derbies away from home, with the exception being a 3-2 loss at West Ham last season. The Blues have kept seven clean sheets in this run, conceding four goals.
65' A cross-field pass is volleyed back across goal by James, but it's intercepted and cleared before either Havertz or Aubameyang can line up a shot!
63' Palace come forward in numbers down the right, with Ward, Ayew and Olise all linking up, but Chilwell reads the play well to intercept and clear before the latter can cross!
61' Chelsea have won each of their last nine Premier League games against Palace – only against Portsmouth (10), Sunderland (11) and West Brom (12) have the Blues had longer winning runs in their league history.
59' BLOCKED!!! With Guehi still on the sidelines, Chelsea come straight at the weakened Palace defence. Mount races across the box before pulling the ball back to Havertz, whose close-range effort is blocked superbly by Doucoure and Ward!
58' Guehi is down following a clash with Aubameyang as the striker won the ball to spark to counter-attack, and the home fans will be hoping and praying their captain doesn't need to come off as Clyne did.
56' OVER!!! Chelsea break at speed as Havertz finds Sterling in the centre. He cuts onto his right foot and feigns shooting several times, before teeing up Chilwell to blast the ball over the bar!
R. Loftus-Cheek
56' Jorginho comes off in Chelsea's first change of the match, and he's replaced in midfield by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
54' Eze floats the free-kick onto the head of Guehi, whose effort is deflected up into the air. Kepa comes to catch it, but is judged to have been impeded again and Chelsea win the free-kick!
M. Mount
Yellow Card
52' Following a clearance, the loose ball is picked up by Doucoure, but he's shunted to the floor by Mount, and the England international is booked!
51' Havertz latches onto a low clearance from Kepa, but he's chased into the centre of the pitch by Mitchell, who brings him down and concedes the free-kick!
49' Palace have drawn more games than any other Premier League side since the start of last season (18). Of managers to have taken charge of at least 40 Premier League games, only Micky Adams (42 per cent) has drawn a higher share than Palace boss Patrick Vieira (41 per cent - 18/44).
47' Olise bypasses James before hitting a wide pass to Zaha, and his cross into the box is headed away by Silva!
46' A wildly poor touch from Tomkins puts Guehi in trouble, and the Palace captain can't prevent an early corner in Chelsea's favour!
46' Edouard kicks off for Palace, and we're back underway in the second 45!
The teams are back out for the second half, and will Chelsea be able to press on following their equaliser late in the first?
Eze had the ball on a string at times in that first half, having four shots, with one on target despite having just two touches in the box. He touched the ball 25 times in total, and completed four passes in the final third, as well as winning three of his four duels, including two dribbles. He won possession five times, as well as a free-kick, and proved a superb link between Palace's defence and attack.
A feisty and fiery London derby reaches its halfway point, with nothing to separate the two sides yet. Edouard's well-taken goal put Palace into an early lead, and the Eagles had several chances to double it before Aubameyang struck back for Chelsea. Silva, arguably lucky to still be on the pitch following a handball, set up the equaliser, and it's a goal that will spark confidence into a Blues side still clearly finding their feet under Graham Potter.
45' + 5' WIDE!!! Havertz drifts through midfield as he cuts inside from the right, hitting a shot from the edge of the box which curls just around the outside of the far post!
45' + 4' A Palace free-kick is swung into the box, but Kepa comes out to punch the ball clear. Eze picks up the rebound and heads towards the box, striking a 25-yard effort wide of the target!
45' + 2' WIDE!!! Mount steps up to hit the direct free-kick beyond a packed Palace wall, but smashes it low for the bottom corner, finding only the side netting!
45' + 1' CHANCE!!! Tomkins' clearance bounces off Mount and into Ward, who confusingly passes back to Guaita! The keeper touches it with his hands, so Chelsea have a direct-free kick from just 10 yards out!
45' Following that lengthy injury break, we'll play six minutes of injury time to close out the first half.
J. Tomkins
N. Clyne
Crystal Palace
43' Clyne won't play any further part in this match, and James Tomkins replaces him. The change will likely see Ward move to right-back with Tomkins in the centre of defence.
42' Clyne is put onto the stretcher and applause rings around Selhurst Park, as the Palace right-back is stretchered off.
40' Clyne is down and is in visible pain ahead of the re-starting of the match, and with a stretcher being prepared, it looks as if he'll be absent for the rest of the game.
Thiago Silva
38' A fantastic header from Silva, perfectly weighted for Aubameyang to turn and shoot, but what a pass by James! His range of passing, particularly from deep, seems to get better and better with every game.
P. Aubameyang
38' GOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!! We are level!!! James' cross-field pass finds Silva in the box, and he heads it onto Aubameyang, who turns and fires a shot into the bottom corner, leaving Guaita with no chance!!!! 1-1, and it's a first goal in Chelsea blue for the ex-Arsenal and Barcelona striker!
36' A crunching Guehi tackle frees Aubameyang of the ball, and Eze sets off on the counter. He effortlessly glides past Mount before feeding Zaha, but the winger is flagged for offside and the chance is wasted!
35' VAR is reviewing Silva's handball, and although it looks the least accidental of accidental handballs, he's still only given a yellow card!
Thiago Silva
Yellow Card
32' Ayew wins the ball from Silva and looks to bear down on goal, but the Chelsea defender strikes the ball with his hand as he falls, and is booked! The Palace players think it was certainly deliberate and demand a red card, but it's just a yellow for now at least!
32' Kepa catches the corner, but collides with both Edouard and Guehi as he attempts to run to the edge of his box and wins a free-kick!
30' Ayew dispossesses Chilwell on the edge of his own box and attempts to feed Edouard. Silva gets in the way, but can't prevent the conceding of a Palace corner!
30' Olise skilfully gets past Mount in the Chelsea before before crossing, but it's hacked away by Silva's clearance!
28' Superb defence from a pack of Palace players, with Mitchell, Eze and Zaha all teaming up at the back to prevent James, then Kovacic from crossing, before the latter brings down Eze for an Eagles free-kick.
26' WIDE!!! Ayew cuts inside from the right and finds Edouard, who in turn finds Eze. He hits a first-time shot, but drags it wide of the post!
24' OFF THE POST!!! James' ball from the touchline is dummied by Mount before Sterling strikes it. The shot takes a deflection and comes back into his path, but Sterling can only prod the ball past Guaita and off the post!!
O. Édouard
Yellow Card
Crystal Palace
22' Edouard clips the heels of Fofana as he moves forward with the ball, with the Palace goalscorer picking up a yellow card for the foul.
21' Chelsea are averaging 11.7 shots-per-game in the Premier League this season (70 shots in six games), their lowest average on record across a season in the competition (since 1997-98).
19' WIDE!!! Havertz picks up a loose ball before floating in a cross, and Mount's glancing header flies past the wrong side of the post and behind!
18' A long kick from Kepa is flicked on by Mount, and Havertz tries to get away down the left until Ward flies in and scythes it away for the hosts.
16' Silva whips a ball into the box from halfway, which Chilwell is racing onto. He attempts to head it over Guaita, but the Palace keeper can catch the ball with little difficulty!
14' Chelsea have lost three of their last five Premier League away games, as many as they had in their first 26 on the road under previous manager Thomas Tuchel. They’ve lost each of their last two away league games, last losing three in a row in December 2020.
12' Jorginho's first-time ball from deep almost releases Aubameyang behind the Palace defence, but Guaita races out of his box to hoof the ball clear!
11' WIDE!!! From the corner, Palace play it short and Eze dribbles towards the box. From the byline, he smashes another low shot towards goal, but this one evades everyone else in the crowded box before rolling inches wide of the far post!
10' SAVED!!!! Olise finds Eze, who smashes a low shot that Kepa only just gets to! He parries it Zaha's way, and has to knock the ball out for a corner to prevent the Ivorian from putting away the rebound!
9' Crystal Palace have lost just one of their last nine Premier League home games, going down 2-0 against Arsenal in the opening game of the season.
J. Ayew
Crystal Palace
7' It was a great ball in from Ayew, picking out Edouard perfectly, and the Palace goalscorer did the rest!
O. Édouard
Crystal Palace
7' GOOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Palace lead!!!! Edouard turns on halfway and heads for goal before finding Ayew. Wide to the right, the Ghanaian crosses into the area, where Edouard sneaks between his markers to stroke the ball past Kepa and into the top corner!!! Soft defence maybe, but a clinical finish from the Palace striker to put his side 1-0 up!
6' None of the last 22 Premier League meetings between Palace and Chelsea have been drawn, with the Blues winning 18 of those to the Eagles’ four. It’s the longest run without a draw between two sides in the competition’s history.
4' Mount puts Havertz into space down the right, but his attempted cross is blocked away by Mitchell!
3' Since a 2-1 win against Chelsea in October 2017, Crystal Palace have lost each of their last nine league games against the Blues – only against Liverpool (10) have the Eagles lost more consecutively in their league history.
1' Silva's ball from halfway finds Sterling running in behind Mitchell. He volleys across goal, but it's not an effort to trouble Guaita and he gathers!
1' Aubameyang kicks off for Chelsea, and we're off and running in this London Derby!
The teams head out onto the pitch, and we're nearly ready for kick-off at Selhurst Park!
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes his first Premier League start for Chelsea since signing from Barcelona on deadline day, whilst Graham Potter makes two changes to his side’s back three, bringing in Wesley Fofana and Ben Chilwell for Azpilicueta and Cucurella.
Having not played once in 28 days, Patrick Vieira’s Palace come into this game as fresh as they possibly could be. They make three changes to the XI, with Nathaniel Clyne, Michael Olise and Odsonne Edouard all coming into the side.
CHELSEA SUBS: Marcus Bettinelli, Christian Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trevoh Chalobah, Armando Broja, Hakim Ziyech, Conor Gallagher, Kalidou Koulibaly, Cesar Azpilicueta.
CHELSEA (3-5-2): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Wesley Fofana, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell; Reece James, Mason Mount, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Raheem Sterling; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kai Havertz.
CRYSTAL PALACE SUBS: Sam Johnstone, Luka Milivojevic, James Tomkins, Jean-Philippe Mateta, Jeffrey Schlupp, Will Hughes, Malcolm Ebiowei, Jairo Riedewald, John-Kymani Gordon.
CRYSTAL PALACE (4-3-3): Vicente Guaita; Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Ward, Marc Guehi, Tyrick Mitchell; Eberechi Eze, Cheick Doucoure, Michael Olise; Jordan Ayew, Odsonne Edouard, Wilfried Zaha.
Despite the Blues’ form being deemed poor enough for Thomas Tuchel to be sacked, the side are still a respectable seventh, just three points away from the top four. Potter knows that it’s a results business at the business end of the table though, and will be hoping to hit the ground running, after drawing with Salzburg on his debut in the dugout at Stamford Bridge.
The hosts sit in a precarious 16th place in the table, two points above the drop zone with just six points to their name so far. However, they face a Chelsea side currently in limbo, and playing their first league match under new boss Graham Potter.
Hello, and welcome to live coverage of this Premier League fixture, as Crystal Palace face Chelsea at Selhurst Park.