With both sides failing to win last weekend – and Chelsea also being dumped out of the carabao Cup by Spurs in mid-week – they will be desperate to get back to winning ways, although the miserable weather brought by Storm Alex this week could be set to dictate how the match is played out.
Frank Lampard is set to hand a Premier League debut to new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, while Kai Havertz and Timo Werner will hope to bring their form in the Carabao Cup into the league, where they are yet to find the net since their arrivals at Stamford Bridge. Palace meanwhile are without striker Michy Batshuayi as he is not eligible to play against his parent club, but a victory today will throw them right back into the top-four running. Follow the live updates below.
9 mins: Chelsea just can’t connect to the ball. It’s Jorginho who floats one into the box this time with Havertz and Abraham in the middle. It comes close to Abraham who jumps but misses the ball as he tries to head it at goal.
Michael Jones3 October 2020 12:41
6 mins: Azpilicueta finds some space on the right side and crosses the ball into the box. Havertz gets in front of Kouyate but the ball goes over his head and Kouyate, behind him, heads it out for a corner.
Michael Jones3 October 2020 12:38
3 mins: Kante slots the ball out wide to Hudson-Odoi who attempts to put a low cross into the six yard box. The ball is blocked and goes out for a corner.
Chelsea whipp it into the penalty area but Ayew is there to boot it clear for Crystal Palace.
Michael Jones3 October 2020 12:35
Kick off: Crystal Palace get the match started. It’s sent up the pitch and Thiago Silva gets a strong header on the ball to clear it out of Chelsea’s half.
Michael Jones3 October 2020 12:33
The teams are making their way out onto the pitch. Who’s going to win this one? Kick off is next…
Michael Jones3 October 2020 12:25
Frank Lampard has praised Mason Mount’s ‘exceptional’ impact at Chelsea after the midfielder missed the decision penalty in the Blues’ Tuesday night Carabao Cup clash against Tottenham.
Michael Jones3 October 2020 12:20
Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace have looked in good touch this season, scoring five goals in their first three games.
When asked if he was doing anything different to bring about these results, Hodgson said:
Michael Jones3 October 2020 12:16
Ben Chilwell thinks his move to Chelsea is the ‘perfect’ step for him. The 23-year-old said on Thursday:
Michael Jones3 October 2020 12:05
Leicester manager, Brendan Rodgers, advised Ben Chilwell to make the move to Chelsea as it would take him ‘to the next level’.
Michael Jones3 October 2020 11:58
Chelsea have conceded at least three goals in four of their past 10 league games, as many times as in their previous 56 matches.
They’ve brought in 28-year-old Edouard Mendy from Rennes and he starts today. Is he the answer to Chelsea’s defensive problems?
Michael Jones3 October 2020 11:53