Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Match Preview, Lineup and Head to Head Record


Chelsea vs Crystal Palace head to head Premier League record

Crystal Palace have lost four of their last five home league games against Chelsea, winning the other in October 2017.

None of the last 17 Premier League meetings between the clubs have finished level, with the Blues winning 13 to Palace’s four.

Frank Lampard is looking to become the first English manager to do the league double over Crystal Palace with Chelsea since Dave Sexton in 1971/72.

Since returning to the Premier League in 2013/14, Crystal Palace have won four of their 13 league games against Chelsea, double how many they’d beaten the Blues in their 22 previous top-flight encounters between 1969 and 2005 (two wins, nine draws, 11 defeats).

In the Premier League era we have won seven of our 10 encounters at Selhurst Park.

The Blues won the reverse fixture 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in November with Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic scoring the second-half goals

Biggest win for each team:

Chelsea 6-2 Crystal Palace – 1997/98
Crystal Palace 2-0 Chelsea – 1972/73
Chelsea’s biggest win at Palace – 5-1 in 1969/70

Corresponding fixture last season

Premier League, Selhurst Park, 30.12.18, 12pm

Crystal Palace (4-5-1) Guaita; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic (c), Kouyate (Meyer 78), Schlupp (Wickham 68); Zaha.
Unused subs Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Puncheon, J Ayew.
Manager Roy Hodgson

Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley (Kovacic 87); Willian (Emerson 82), Giroud (Morata 75), Hazard.
Unused subs Caballero, Zappacosta, Ampadu, Christensen.
Injured Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Hudson-Odoi, Drinkwater
Head coach Maurizio Sarri
Booked Alonso 9
Scorer Kante 51

Referee Craig Pawson
Attendance 25,781

Chelsea Stats

Chelsea have scored two or more goals goals in nine of our last 10 Premier League games, only failing to do so in the 0-2 loss to Man Utd at Stamford Bridge in February.

The Blues have kept just one clean sheet in our 16 away Premier League encounters this campaign, a 2-0 victory against Tottenham in December.

Mason Mount is the only player to feature in all 33 Premier League games for the club this season.

Only seven defenders have recorded more Premier League assists than Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta (31), with the Spaniard equalling his record for assists in a single campaign in the competition (six – also 2017/18).

Ross Barkley has been directly involved in eight goals in his last 10 starts in all competitions (three goals, five assists

Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Ward, Cahill, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Ayew, McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Zaha; Benteke

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Barkley, Jorginho, Mount; Willian, Giroud, Pulisic


Olivier Giroud has scored four goals in his last seven Premier League games for Chelsea, more than he had netted in his previous 38 appearances (3).

Willian is the first Chelsea player in our history to score a penalty in three consecutive league games.

Chelsea’s Premier League scorers

Abraham 13, Willian 9 (4 pens), Pulisic 7, Mount 6, Alonso 4, Giroud 4, Jorginho 4 (3 pens), Kante 3, Azpilicueta 2, Rudiger 2, Barkley 1, Batshuayi 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, Kovacic 1, Pedro 1, Tomori 1


Cesar Azpilicueta is due to make his 380th appearance for Chelsea, bringing him level with Peter Osgood and equal 14th on the club’s all-time appearances list.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s next appearance will be his 50th in the Premier League for the Blues. Ruben also played 24 league games for Crystal Palace when he was on loan there in 2017/18

Crystal Palace Stats

This season’s Premier League stats
Most appearances: Zaha 33, J Ayew 32, McArthur 32
Most goals: J Ayew 9, Milivojevic 3, Van Aanholt 3, Zaha 3
Most assists: McArthur 3, Zaha 3, 12 on 1
Most clean sheets: Guaita 10

Crystal Palace are comfortably in mid-table with 42 points from 33 games.

Roy Hodgson’s side have lost three of their last five Premier League home games, as many defeats as they suffered in their previous 13 at Selhurst Park in the top-flight.

Crystal Palace are the only unbeaten side in Premier League home London derbies this season. A defeat to Chelsea will see every London side lose a home derby in the competition for the first time since 2012/13.

Crystal Palace are the only side yet to score more than twice in a Premier League game this season. No side has failed to score in as many home games as the Eagles (6).

Crystal Palace’s starting line-up against Burnley last week had an average age of 30 years and 323 days, the second-oldest in the Premier League this season (after the Eagles against Bournemouth on June 20 – 30y 334d)

The Eagles have failed to score in the first-half of a Premier League game 25 times this season – more than any other side.

In their four Premier League games since the restart, Gary Cahill has had more shots on target than any other Crystal Palace player, with his three efforts on target accounting for 43 per cent of the Eagles’ total (3/7).

After a run of four consecutive Premier League victories with a clean sheet, Crystal Palace have lost their last three by an aggregate score of 0-8.

Roy Hodgson’s side have not lost a Premier League game once they have taken the lead. They have won 11 and drawn three of the 14 matches.

Crystal Palace have won six, lost six and drawn four of their 16 Premier League games at Selhurst Park this term.
Everton D 0-0
Aston Villa W 1-0
Wolves D 1-1
Norwich W 2-0
Man City L 0-2
Leicester L 0-2
Liverpool L 1-2
Bournemouth W 1-0
Brighton D 1-1
West Ham W 2-1
Arsenal D 1-1
Southampton L 0-2
Sheffield Utd L 0-1
Newcastle W 1-0
Watford W 1-0
Burnley L 0-1

Only Norwich (25) have scored fewer league goals than Palace this season

Premier League scorers (28)
J Ayew 9, Milivojevic 3 (2 pens), Van Aanholt 3 (1 pen), Zaha 3, Schlupp 2, Benteke 1, Kouyate 1, Tomkins 1, Tosun 1, Townsend 1, Wickham 1, own goals 2

Roy Hodgson’s managerial record against Chelsea
Won 5
Drawn 2
Lost 11

Crystal Palace’s last Premier League game

Saturday 4 July
Leicester City 3 Crystal Palace 0
Team 4-5-1: Guaita; Ward, Cahill, Sakho, Van Aanholt (Mitchell 83); J Ayew, McArthur (McCarthy 69), Milivojevic (c), Riedewald (Kouyate 60), Zaha; Benteke (Townsend 82)
Booked: McArthur


In the Premier League, the deadline for suspension for accumulating five and 10 bookings has passed. Players must now avoid accruing 15 cautions before the end of the season to escape a three-match ban.

Premier League bookings list

Crystal Palace Milivojevic 9, McCarthy 7, J Ayew 6, McArthur 6, Tomkins 5, Benteke 4, Ward 4, Zaha 4, Kouyate 2, Schlupp 2, Cahill 1, Guaita 1, Meyer 1

Chelsea Jorginho 10, Kovacic 7, Christensen 5, Zouma 5, Alonso 4, Kante 4, Willian 4, Emerson 3, Mount 3, Rudiger 3, Tomori 3, Abraham 2, Hudson-Odoi 1, James 1, Pedro 1.

Referee and VAR

Referee: David Coote
VAR: Peter Bankes

David Coote is refereeing Chelsea for the first time.

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