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Sat 14 Dec 2013 15:00 (Attendance: 41,608)


Stamford Bridge on Saturday hosts visitors from eight miles across south London for a derby absent in recent years. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton preview the last home game before Christmas.

Chelsea's nine-match December continues with the visit of a re-glazed Crystal Palace, and the Blues must hope Tony Pulis's new side will be putty in their hands by the end 90 minutes.

Stamford Bridge is a formidable arena again these days. It may take a 90-year-old such as former winger Johnny Paton to remind supporters of their power and influence - as our oldest surviving player did against Southampton - but the reality is that this corner of west London is a fortress few can undermine.

Despite the flat second-half performance, that fact was reinforced on Wednesday in the Champions League against Steaua. The 12-point haul that secured Chelsea's seeding in Monday's Round of 16 draw (from 11am UK time) was founded on home dominance after a sticky start. And of course Jose Mourinho has his personal record on Fulham Road to defend.

Chelsea are undefeated in the last seven Premier League London derbies, which have brought five wins and two draws.

Chelsea are undefeated in the last seven Premier League London derbies, which have brought five wins and two draws. After Wednesday's European action there are four English teams in the final 16 of Europe's elite competition with a combined total of 53 group stage points; that is just two off the record set by Spain's protagonists in 2002/03.

The bare necessities of finishing top of the group were underlined by the possible first knockout round opponents arrayed for two of the Premier League teams, Arsenal and Man City: Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain. Additionally City could face Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal Bayern Munich.

In contrast the potential opposition for group winners Chelsea and Manchester United includes just one current league leader: Olympiacos.

Palace manager Tony Pulis may well have detected a vulnerability in Chelsea's domestic form despite the progress on all fronts. His new side are very much in form: 10 points in five games, with four clean sheets.

However the former Stoke boss has lost nine of his 11 encounters with Chelsea and drawn two. He has also suggested Palace's survival will not depend on away matches but their form at Selhurst Park.


As far as he is concerned this is a no-pressure game, with no return expected from this and the next game at Eastlands. However Pulis has also said the current Chelsea is not a team 'bearing the stamp of Jose Mourinho' and that is why he will fancy his chances. His predecessor was more worried about 'losing the spirit of the group' and promptly resigned.

During his sabbatical away from football Pulis toured historic sights and battlefields around the Crimean peninsula. Do not expect his men to perform a charge of the Light Brigade this weekend.

Perhaps the attritional siege of Sevastapol is more in keeping with his tactical approach. Last season Pulis admitted, 'We blocked, we obstructed a player. I'm not supposed to be that honest.'

However in a few short weeks he has framed Crystal Palace into relegation escapees primarily by organising Marouane Chamakh and Cameron Jerome upfront and reminding everyone else of their positional duties.

A recent-form league table for the last five games has Crystal Palace in sixth place with an identical record to Chelsea: three wins, one draw and one defeat. The west Londoners are fifth on goal difference. Only Newcastle have won more points over the same period.

This is Crystal Palace's first trip to Stamford Bridge for nearly nine years. Mourinho was in charge and we were heading for our first Premier League title.

Barclays Premier League fixtures
Manchester City v Arsenal 12.45pm - BT Sport
Cardiff v West Brom 3pm
Chelsea v Crystal Palace 3pm
Everton v Fulham 3pm
Newcastle v Southampton 3pm
West Ham v Sunderland 3pm
Hull v Stoke 5.30pm Sky Sports
Aston Villa v Manchester United 1.30pm - Sky Sports
Norwich v Swansea 1.30pm
Tottenham v Liverpool 4pm - Sky Sports

Barclays Premier League top eight
Top Pld Gd Pts
1 Arsenal 15 +19 35
2 Liverpool 15 +16 30
3 Chelsea 15 +13 30
4 Man City 15 +26 29
5 Everton 15 +9 28
6 Tottenham 15 -1 27
7 Newcastle 15 -1 26
8 Southampton 15 +5 23
19 Crystal Palace 15 -12 13


Premier London League
Pld Gd Pts
1 Arsenal 3 +5 9
2 Chelsea 3 +5 7
3 Tottenham 5 -2 7
4 West Ham 4 +2 6
5 Fulham 5 -5 3
6 C Palace 4 -5 3


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Jose Mourinho will reshuffle his pack again this weekend, with Demba Ba likely to stand down after playing against Steaua in midweek. After his bright cameo, Kevin De Bruyne may have to wait until Wednesday's Capital One Cup trip to Sunderland for further involvement. As will Mark Schwarzer, despite keeping the Blues' first clean sheet since West Ham away.

Ashley Cole will be rested for midweek with the left-back slot going to Cesar Azpilicueta and height may be a consideration, as Stoke last weekend were an average six centimetres taller than the Blues and dominated set-plays. Palace are also strong in the air where, as Mourinho sanguine observed, skill is not an advantage.

Since Tony Pulis came into the frame, Palace have been vastly better organised generally and especially at corners and free-kicks. They are newly well-drilled so that everyone on the field knows what is expected of them.

They remain just as direct but less chaotic as under Ian Holloway, marginally less reliant on wings and crosses. The new manager has said he felt the newly-promoted team had previously been showing opponents too much respect. That is not an accusation that was levelled at his Stoke teams.

They shoot on sight of goal, and conceding chances on the edge of the box has been a weakness of Chelsea's recent performances.

The Eagles' most vulnerable area is central midfield, where deep-lying player Mile Jedinak can be hurried and his use of ball exposed, and his partner Kagisho Dikgacoi can act rashly under pressure. Both regularly play the ball long.

With Pulis's 4-4-1-1 formation Marouane Chamakh has been playing a withdrawn striker role behind powerful centre-forward Cameron Jerome (pictured below playing for Birmingham), and both have revelled in the new responsibilities. David Luiz, returned from injury, will partner John Terry in the centre against them.

Jerome and JT

Damien Delaney is a highly focused central defender and forms a physical if unsubtle central defensive core to the side. Right-back Joel Ward likes to dribble with the ball but will do well to avoid leaving vital space behind him against Chelsea.

In an often prosaic performance against Steaua, Eden Hazard again produced the edge-of-seat moments that could smash the Glaziers' resistance. After two consecutive away league games Mourinho will be determined to press the advantage ahead of the next top-flight trip to the Emirates.

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Chelsea are looking to extend our unbeaten league run against Crystal Palace to 12 games. Their last win was in August 1990 at Selhurst Park. We have won our last four league encounters with a 15-3 goals aggregate.

Meetings against the Glaziers go right back to Chelsea's first season, with an FA Cup third preliminary round tie at Sydenham on 18 November 1905 causing a particular stir. The newly formed Pensioners had a league game scheduled for the same day and the authorities would not allow an exemption. So player-manager Jacky Robertson fielded a second string in the cup against Palace, who understandably ran out 7-1 winners in front of 3,000 spectators.

'It is easily understood that Chelsea have high hopes of promotion to the First Division but, nevertheless, the national Cup should be treated with a little more respect,' sniffed the Daily Mirror, warning: 'It will be a bad thing for them when the claims for exemption for the qualifying rounds come to be considered next year.'

Meanwhile, kicking off half an hour later, the first team had won the more crucial league duel with Burnley 1-0 in front of 8,000 at the Bridge thanks to Bob McRoberts. The result put London's newest side third in Division Two, three ahead of the Lancastrians.

The Blues' biggest home victory in this fixture came in March 1998, early in the reign of Gianluca Vialli. The new player-manager was already enjoying great success in cups but his first three league games had not produced a single Chelsea goal.

When Hermann Hreidarsson opened the scoring on seven minutes for the visitors some west Londoners began to fear the worst. Instead the early setback prodded the Italian and his men into action. In an attacking frenzy typical of that team, Vialli, from a corner, and his compatriot Gianfranco Zola, rounding keeper Kevin Miller, turned the game on its head in just three minutes.


On the stroke of half-time the player-manager pounced on Miller's fumble to dash the ball into an empty net and make it 3-1 to the hosts. From there the Blues went a long period without going for the kill, over-elaborating with the ball.

Then, five minutes from the end, Dennis Wise struck a fourth before Marcus Bent restored some hope for Palace. The flurry continued through Vialli's replacement, Tore Andre Flo, who hit a brace to make the final score 6-2 to Chelsea.

The Eagles only league win at the Bridge came in the old Second Division in March 1982. Only 13,894 witnessed a 2-1 win for Palace with first-half goals from Kevin Mabbutt and future Chelsea player Jerry Murphy. Alan Mayes replied in the second period for the Blues. Chelsea old boys Steve Wicks and Tommy Langley were in the Palace line up that day and Steve Kember was their manager. Nine of Chelsea's 12 that played were home grown.

Chelsea are unbeaten against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in the top flight.

Our last 10 league meetings at Stamford Bridge
1982/83 - Drew 0-0
1983/84 - Drew 2-2
1988/89 - Chelsea won 1-0
1989/90 - Chelsea won 3-0
1990/91 - Chelsea won 2-1
1991/92 - Drew 1-1
1992/93 - Chelsea won 3-1
1994/95 - Drew 0-0
1997/98 - Chelsea won 6-2
2004/05 - Chelsea won 4-1


Chelsea v Crystal Palace in all competitions
Games played 42
Chelsea wins 19
Palace wins 8
Draws 15

Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 16
Chelsea wins 7
Palace wins 1
Draws 8

Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 6-2 Crystal Palace - 11/03/1998
Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace - 17/03/1982

Chelsea lost a London derby: 346
Crystal Palace last played at Stamford Bridge: 3,192
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,129
Liverpool won the league: 8,624

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Chelsea have gained 11 points from losing positions this season, the best record in the Barclays Premier League.

Chelsea have lost just three in the last 75 games against newly promoted teams, in 12 ½ years. We have won 59 of those matches.

We are looking to avoid successive Premier League defeats for the first time since May 2012 when we lost at home to Newcastle and away to Liverpool.

Chelsea have won 13 and drawn three of our last 16 home Premier League games, since QPR won at Stamford Bridge on 2 January.

Chelsea have trailed in three of our last four home league games and have conceded the opening goal in six of our 15 Premier League games to date.

We have kept only one clean sheet in our last 10 Premier League games.

Jose Mourinho is unbeaten at Stamford Bridge in all 82 domestic games in open play. In the Premier League it's 67 unbeaten.

Last six results
Nov 23 West Ham (a) W 3-0
Nov 26 Basel (Champions League a) L 0-1
Dec 1 Southampton (h) W 3-1
Dec 4 Sunderland (a) W 4-3
Dec 7 Stoke (a) L 2-3
Dec 11 Steaua Bucharest (Champions League h) W 1-0

Premier League scorers
Hazard 6 (1 pen), Oscar 5, Lampard 4 (1 pen), Schurrle 3, Eto'o 2, Terry 2, Ba 1, Cahill 1, Ivanovic 1, Mikel 1, Torres 1, Willian 1, own goals 2

League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 1
A home defeat: 16

Chelsea's next three games
Tue 17 Dec Sunderland (Capital One Cup) away 7.45pm
Mon 23 Dec Arsenal away 8.00pm
Thu 26 Dec Swansea City home 3.00pm

Petr Cech's next clean sheet will be his 150th in the Premier League.

Michael Essien's next league start will be 150th in the Premier League.

If selected, Eden Hazard will make his 50th Premier League appearance

Frank Lampard's next converted penalty will be his 50th for the Blues.


Major trophies
None, although they did win the Zenith Data Systems Cup in 1991

Last season
Championship - Play-off winners
FA Cup - Third round
Capital One Cup - Second round

The Eagles' best season was in 1990/91 under Steve Coppell when they finished third to champions Arsenal and runners-up Liverpool.

Palace have only conceded one goal, the fewest in the Premier League, in the last five games, three of which have been won.

The Eagles' only points away this term came from a win at Hull last month. They have lost the other six to Stoke, Man Utd, Southampton, Liverpool, West Brom and Norwich.

They have scored fewer league goals (10) than any other top-flight club, only three of those away.

Palace have conceded 12 goals in their seven away games, the same as Man Utd and fewer than seven other clubs, including Newcastle and Liverpool.

They have lost 15 points from winning positions and gained none when losing

Manager Tony Pulis
Days in charge: 20
Played 3
Won 2
Drawn 0
Lost 1

Palace's last 10 year league history
Season Division Level Pos
2003/04 Division One 2 6th
2004/05 Premier League 1 18th
2005/06 Championship 2 6th
2006/07 Championship 2 12th
2007/08 Championship 2 5th
2008/09 Championship 2 15th
2009/10 Championship 2 21st
2010/11 Championship 2 20th
2011/12 Championship 2 17th
2012/13 Championship 2 5th


Last six results
Nov 2 West Brom (a) L 0-2
Nov 9 Everton (h) D 0-0
Nov 23 Hull (a) W 1-0
Nov 30 Norwich (a) L 0-1
Dec 3 West Ham (h) W 1-0
Dec 7 Cardiff (h) W 2-0

Premier League scorers
Chamakh 3, Gayle 2 (1 pen), Bannan 1, Gabbidon 1, Jerome 1, Mariappa 1, O'Keefe 1


League games since
An away win: 1
An away draw: 7
An away defeat: 0

Stephen Dobbie (Brighton, undisclosed), Dwight Gayle (Peterborough, £6m), Kevin Phillips (Blackpool, free), Jerome Thomas (West Brom, free), Jose Campana (Sevilla, £1.7m), Elliot Grandin (Blackpool, free), Marouane Chamakh (Arsenal, undisclosed), Neil Alexander (Rangers, free), Florian Marange (Bordeaux, free), Jason Puncheon (Southampton, loan), Jimmy Kebe (Reading, undisclosed), Jack Hunt (Huddersfield, undisclosed), Adrian Mariappa (Reading, undisclosed), Barry Bannan (Aston Villa, undisclosed), Cameron Jerome (Stoke, loan), Adlene Guedioura (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed)
Outs Andre Moritz (Bolton, free), Alex Marrow (Blackburn, undisclosed), Peter Ramage (Barsnley, loan), Jermaine Easter (Millwall, free), Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool, loan)

Mark Clattenburg is the official, his first Chelsea game of the season. His last Blues match was the 2-0 win against Swansea at Stamford Bridge in April.

There are no suspensions.
Branislav Ivanovic is one domestic booking away from a suspension having received four yellow cards this season.


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Chelsea v Crystal Palace



  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 5
    Michael Essien
  • 22
    da Silva Willian Substitution
  • 10
    Juan Mata Substitution
  • 17
    Eden Hazard
  • 9
    Fernando Torres Substitution


  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar Substitution
  • 19
    Demba Ba Substitution
  • 29
    Samuel Eto'o
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 14
    Andre Schurrle Substitution
  • 8
    Frank Lampard
  • 23
    Mark Schwarzer
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

Crystal Palace

  • 1
    Julian Speroni
  • 3
    Adrian Mariappa
  • 19
    Danny Gabbidon
  • 27
    Damien Delaney
  • 2
    Joel Ward
  • 13
    Jason Puncheon
  • 15
    Mile Jedinak
  • 8
    Substitution Kagisho Dikgacoi
  • 46
    Substitution Barry Bannan
  • 29
    Substitution Marouane Chamakh
  • 30
    Cameron Jerome


  • 20
    Jonathan Williams
  • 6
    Jose Campana
  • 7
    Substitution Yannick Bolasie
  • 12
    Substitution Stuart O'Keefe
  • 16
    Substitution Dwight Gayle
  • 34
    Lewis Price
  • 4
    Jonathan Parr


Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Highlights

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A fiercely-contested London derby was settled by Ramires's stunning first-half strike, moving us to within two points of leaders Arsenal.

Fernando Torres had given us the lead with 15 minutes played, turning home a loose ball after Willian's shot hit the post, but an impressive Palace side struck back through Marouane Chamakh.

Ramires restored our advantage soon after, stroking home from the edge of the box, and it was a lead we hung on to despite some nervy second-half moments. We had some opportunities of our own to extend the lead but no further goals meant a fourth win in five league outings for the Blues. The three points could prove even more pivotal ahead of our next Premier League clash, away to Arsenal, who lost at Manchester City today.

Team News

Jose Mourinho made six changes to the side that defeated Steaua Bucharest in midweek, starting in goal, where Petr Cech returned in place of Mark Schwarzer. As Mourinho promised Cesar Azpilicueta was chosen at left-back, while in central midfield Michael Essien and Ramires replaced the duo that had started there on Wednesday, John Mikel Obi and Frank Lampard. Torres was chosen to lead the line ahead of an attacking triumvirate that included Willian, Juan Mata and the in-form Eden Hazard, making his 50th Premier League appearance.

For the visitors, Adrian Mariappa replaced Dean Moxey in Tony Pulis's only change from the 11 that beat Cardiff 2-0 last weekend.

First half
It was a scrappy opening 10 minutes which, in truth, Crystal Palace shaded, hassling and harrying the Blues into uncharacteristic mistakes and offering an attacking threat of their own. It took a dipping volley from Ramires, positioned well outside the box, to get us going, and before long, we had the lead.

With a quarter of an hour gone, a concerted spell of possession, that included gradual territorial gains, ended with Willian picking up the ball 20 yards from goal. The Brazilian looked to his left, but seeing nothing on, dipped a shoulder, teed himself up and fired in a low drive that Julian Speroni could only tip onto his post. Torres was on hand to gobble up the rebound for his second league goal of the season.

Chelsea v Palace

Buoyed by taking a lead that wasn't necessarily completely deserved, we immediately sought a quick second. A delicate Mata back-heel released the marauding Branislav Ivanovic, who bore down on Speroni's goal at some pace, but the Serbian's shot only grazed the far post.

A marked improvement in our play since Torres struck meant Palace's leveller, on 28 minutes, came as something of a surprise. Cameron Jerome had tested Cech, speculatively, a minute earlier, but it was a goal started and finished by his strike partner, the in-form Chamakh, that levelled the scores.

The Moroccan won the ball in midfield, with the ball eventually finding its way to Joel Ward on the left channel. His cross was behind the retreating Blues defence, but not Chamakh, who turned it in on the volley from six yards out.

Mata weaved his way into the box 60 seconds later with an immediate riposte in mind, but couldn't pick out a blue shirt in the middle. There was a reward for a quick break on 34 minutes, however, and it arrived in some style.

The ball was worked out to the left in the direction of Hazard. He inched his way into the box but opted to play the ball back to Ramires, hovering on the edge of it. The Brazilian took a touch and arrowed a thunderbolt into the top left-hand corner, the pace and precision of the strike leaving Speroni motionless. It was a special way for Ramires to open his account at Stamford Bridge for the season.

Chelsea v Palace

Speroni had one more save to make as we ended the half on top. Hazard pinched the ball off Mariappa in the corner and teed up Willian, but a deflection took the sting and the direction out of his side-footed shot and it was comfortable in the end for the Palace stopper.

Second half
The Blues started this half more aggressively, seeking a killer third through Mata and then Ramires, but as the game opened up, Palace were looking threatening too.

Jerome blasted over from range before Jason Puncheon stung Cech's palms having turned Azpilicueta. A dangerous Puncheon set-piece - won for a tackle which earned Essien a yellow card - picked out Damien Delaney, but the defender could only direct his header straight into Cech's arms.

That dead-ball warning was seemingly not heeded on 68 minutes when Delaney was again first to an inswinging Puncheon free-kick, but this time his header was high and wide. Ivanovic was booked in the build-up, ruling him out of Tuesday's Capital One Cup trip to Sunderland.

Before that, Mourinho had shuffled his pack for the first time, replacing Mata with Oscar on the hour, but the steady tide of Palace pressure showed no signs of waning.

There was an extraordinary let-off for the Blues on 76 minutes. Jerome tricked his way past David Luiz, not for the first time, and squared for the substitute Stuart O'Keefe. His first shot beat Cech but was superbly blocked on the line by the sliding Terry. The ball ricocheted back to O'Keefe, but this time the despairing dive of Ivanovic thwarted him when a second Palace equaliser seemed certain. The danger finally came to an end when Ivanovic hacked the ball clear.

Chelsea v Palace

The respite proved temporary, however. A Puncheon corner, to the near post, was again won in the air by that man Delaney, but with arguably the best of his three second-half openings he flashed his header wide.

With the match now well into its final quarter, there were nerves around the Bridge. Ramires had the ideal opportunity to kill the contest but wasted a three-on-one situation with an under-hit pass that Speroni dropped on as substitutes Oscar and Demba Ba waited to pounce.

Then, on 87 minutes, a scramble that resembled the one Palace hadn't capitalised on earlier in the half ensued, this time in the Eagles' box.

Andre Schurrle, introduced in place of Willian, swapped passes with Ba but with just Speroni to beat thumped his shot into the Palace keeper's chest. Ba was on hand for the rebound but this time the stretching Speroni saved brilliantly, and when the ball ran to Ramires, he sliced wide.

Four minutes of stoppage were safely negotiated, save for one more Delaney header that caused some more problems in our box, and a hard and evenly-fought London derby ended with the Blues 2-1 winners, and now just two points behind leaders Arsenal ahead of our trip to the Emirates a week Monday.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Essien; Mata (Oscar 62), Willian (Schurrle 81), Hazard; Torres (Ba 84).
Unused subs Schwarzer, Cole, Lampard, Eto'o.
Torres 16, Ramires 34
Booked Essien 57, Ivanovic 68

Crystal Palace (4-4-1-1): Speroni; Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney, Ward; Bannan (Bolasie 50), Dikgacoi (O'Keefe 25), Jedinak (c), Puncheon; Chamakh (Gayle 87); Jerome.
Unused subs Price, Parr, Williams, Campana.
Scorer Chamakh 29
Booked Chamakh 42

Referee Mark Clattenburg
Crowd 41,608

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Last week at Swansea we worked hard, created a lot of chances to score and eventually we got the goal we needed to leave a difficult place with three points...

SUNDERLAND - 19/4/14 - JT

We have got four games to go and four victories is a must for us to win the league...


We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...


Before we talk about Galatasaray and Didier's return, I want to say how gutted we were to lose three points at Villa on Saturday evening...


Tonight, we return to the Champions League and we, like Manchester United, find ourselves in a difficult position, where we are left to defend English football in Europe...


At the moment, we are top of the league with three points more than Manchester City - or the same points if they win their game in hand...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - JT

We go into this game top of the league and, with our match being the early kick-off this weekend, a win here against Everton is vital...


Are you happy with our players' performance at Manchester City? If so, show them today!


Monday night was a brilliant performance and a great result for us...


Tonight we go into a difficult game against West Ham understanding the importance of ensuring we take three points from this London derby...

WEST HAM UNITED- 29/01/14 - JT

After a good win over Stoke in the FA Cup, we come back to the league today with a London derby and we are determined to keep our winning streak going now...


Today, we play against the champions. We don't play against a team that is 11 points away from the leaders, we play versus Manchester United...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - JT

We are back at Stamford Bridge today after three away games on the spin, from which we've picked up three important wins...