Chelsea stops the rot, edges previous Crystal Palace due to Havertz

Chelsea stops the rot, edges previous Crystal Palace due to Havertz

Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as Graham Potter’s facet stopped the rot and received again to profitable methods. 

This win coupled with the $108 million signing of Mykhailo Mudryk means there’s a extra optimistic vibe within the air after three defeats in 4 earlier than this victory.


It was simply their second win of their final 10 Premier League video games as Kai Havertz’s second half header was sufficient to squeeze previous a cussed Palace facet.

After struggling so many accidents, Potter as soon as once more shuffled his lineup round and Chelsea performed with extra depth however nonetheless gave up loads of possibilities as each goalkeepers have been the celebrities of the present.

Chelsea now have 28 factors on the season, whereas Crystal Palace stays on 22 as Patrick Vieira’s facet have gained simply certainly one of their final seven video games in all competitions.

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Aid for Chelsea and Graham Potter

This win was extra about grit, perception and displaying a response than the rest. There was an additional depth about Chelsea’s play, particularly after they received the ball broad. Potter appeared completely happy sufficient with the probabilities they created going ahead however he shall be very relieved his goalkeeper Kepa was in sensational kind. Chelsea nonetheless have a whole lot of accidents to work by and nonetheless look suspect defensively however they not less than pressed excessive, took dangers in assault and appeared prone to rating all through this recreation. Their attacking show was significantly better and with the addition of Mudryk and Felix (when is again from suspension) they’ve some actually dynamic gamers within the ultimate third about to come back into this lineup.

Stars of the present

Kepa Arrizabalaga: What a show from the Spanish goalkeeper. He made 4 high-quality stops through the recreation and he’s the rationale Chelsea gained this recreation.

Hakim Ziyech: Whipped within the scrumptious cross for Havertz’s purpose and appeared extra just like the participant who ripped it up with Morocco on the World Cup.

Vicente Guaita: Made some high-quality saves of his personal and saved Palace in it.

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What’s subsequent?

Chelsea head to Liverpool on Saturday, Jan. 21, whereas Crystal Palace host Manchester United on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

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FULL TIME: Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace – Late on Palace threw every little thing at Chelsea however they couldn’t create a transparent likelihood to equalize. The Blues dug in properly.

Save! What a cease from Kepa to disclaim Doucoure’s effort. Palace pushing exhausting to equalize late on.

Probabilities! Chelsea must be 2-0 up. Aubameyang is performed in however Guaita comes out to save lots of bravely. A couple of minutes later Havertz is discovered on the again publish however he heads broad. Huge alternatives.

GOALLL! Kai Havertz places Chelsea 1-0 up. He heads dwelling after a brief nook is whipped in. Aid round Stamford Bridge. Nice header by Havertz.

Chelsea have began properly within the second half. They’re controlling the tempo of the sport. It’s a little much less backwards and forwards.

HALF TIME: Chelsea 0-0 Crystal Palace – An entertaining first half as each goalkeepers have been known as into motion typically. Good depth about Chelsea’s play.

Save! Kepa with one other nice cease, as he denies a flicked header on the close to publish after an excellent nook is whipped in. On the different finish Guaita ideas over a volley from Hakim Ziyech.

Shut! Lewis Corridor is discovered by Conor Gallagher on the again publish and his shot again throughout purpose takes a flick off Guaita and goes wild. Once more, significantly better play from Chelsea. Graham Potter applauds from the sidelines. They’re getting the ball ahead broad early and infrequently and moving into the field.

Over! Kai Havertz nods over and he in all probability ought to hit the goal. Guaita did simply sufficient to place him off. Higher from Chelsea, although.

Save! Vicente Guaita saves down low from Thiago Silva. Nice effort and an important save.

Save! Kepa pushes away an excellent volley from Michael Olise. It’s all Palace proper now.

Shut! Chalobah and Kepa deny Palace with two high-quality blocks from shut vary. Palace are having all of the play.

KICK OFF: We’re underway on the Bridge and it’s a tight, tense begin. Chelsea are struggling to knit collectively passes.

Key storylines & star gamers

11 can be the variety of gamers Potter shall be with out when he picks Sunday’s staff, with N’Golo Kante, Raheem Sterling, Joao Felix, Christian Pulisic, Reece James, Wesley Fofana and 5 others presently out injured. It’s little marvel Chelsea have struggled to attain targets and win video games of late, however that hasn’t prevented the criticism presently coming Potter’s manner.

As for Palace, the 4-0 defeat to Tottenham the final day trip was a very low level in an ongoing run of dangerous outcomes. Shedding 3-0 to Fulham was maybe even worse. The Eagles have failed to attain a purpose in three of their final 4 PL video games as they generate valuable scoring possibilities and wrestle to complete those they do create.

Chelsea staff information, accidents, lineup

OUT: N’Golo Kante (hamstring), Raheem Sterling (thigh), Joao Felix (suspension), Christian Pulisic (knee), Reece James (knee), Wesley Fofana (knee), Edouard Mendy (shoulder), Ben Chilwell (thigh), Armando Broja (knee), Denis Zakaria (thigh)

Crystal Palace staff information, accidents, lineup

OUT: Nathan Ferguson (undisclosed), James McArthur (groin)

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