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Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace: Match report, player ratings & fan reaction

Chelsea and Crystal Palace played out a Premier League clash a short time ago.


Chelsea headed into the game in dire need of three points.

The Blues had won just one of their last eight before Sunday and pressure is mounting on Graham Potter.

And when all was said and done vs Crystal Palace, Chelsea eked out a 1-0 win.

Chelsea started the better of the two sides, with Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech linking up well on either flank.

However, the Blues once again lacked that killer edge in front of goal, with Kai Havertz not suited to being the main focal point of attack.

Crystal Palace grew into the tie and forced a few good saves out of Kepa, but it was largely Chelsea who had the better of the first 45.

Chelsea eventually broke the deadlock when Kai Havertz, who had been poor for much of the match, slotted in from a Ziyech pass to make it 1-0 64 minutes in.

Palace pressed for an equaliser, with Doucoure forcing a good save out of Kepa late on but the Eagles could not find the back of the net.

Player ratings

Chelsea

  • GK: Kepa (8)
  • RB: Trevoh Chalobah (7)
  • CB: Thiago Silva (7)
  • CB: Benoit Badiashile (7)
  • LB: Lewis Hall (7)
  • CM: Conor Gallagher (6.5)
  • CM: Jorginho (6)
  • CM: Carney Chukwuemeka (6)
  • RW: Hakim Ziyech (8)
  • ST: Kai Havertz (6.5)
  • LW: Mason Mount (5.5)

Substitutes

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (5)
  • Kalidou Koulibably (5)
  • Mateo Kovacic (N/A)
  • Cesar Azpilicutea (N/A)

Crystal Palace

  • GK: Vicente Guaita (6.5)
  • RB: Nathaniel Clyne (5)
  • CB: Joachim Andersen (5)
  • CB: Marc Guehi (5.5)
  • LB: Tyreck Mitchell (5)
  • CDM: Cheick Doucoure (5)
  • CDM: Jeffrey Schlupp (5.5)
  • CAM: Eberechi Eze (6)
  • RW: Michael Olise (5.5)
  • ST: Jordan Ayew (5)
  • LW: Wilfried Zaha (4.5)

Substitutes

  • James Tomkins (4.5)
  • Odsonne Edouard (5)
  • Jean-Philippe Mateta (4)
  • Will Hughes (4)

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.



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