Chelsea will be looking to extend our good recent run of results against Crystal Palace and edge closer to the club record for consecutive league wins against an opposition team when we visit Selhurst Park today.
Since a 2-1 setback in south London in October 2017, the Blues have dominated the fixture, winning nine straight league matches against the Eagles as well as an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley last April.
Another victory on Saturday would see the Blues reach double digits in consecutive league wins against an opponent for just the fourth time following our run of 10 wins against Portsmouth, 11 straight victories against Sunderland and our current club record of 12 against West Bromwich Albion.
So how did we get to this point? Here’s a look at what has happened in our last nine derby matches against Palace.
Palace had become a bit of a bogey team when they visited the Bridge in March 2018 as they sought a third straight away win against the Blues and a fifth victory in nine league meetings.
However, Antonio Conte’s side dominated with Willian finding the bottom corner to open the scoring and Palace defender Martin Kelly deflecting the ball into his own net after his attempted clearance had ricocheted off goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to give us a two-goal lead at half-time.
A late strike by former Blue Patrick van Aanholt proved to be just a consolation as we won 2-1 to kick-start our excellent streak against the Eagles.
Chelsea’s Spanish flair proved too strong for Palace on their next visit to the Bridge in November 2018 despite Andros Townsend putting the visitors on level terms in the second half after Pedro had set up Alvaro Morata to give us the lead.
However, Morata put us back in front with a clinical left-footed strike for his second goal after Eden Hazard’s free-kick had picked him out unmarked at the far post and Pedro sealed a 3-1 win when he met Marcos Alonso’s low cross with an unstoppable first-time finish.
Our next meeting at Selhurst Park on 30 December was decided by a moment of brilliance early in the second half when David Luiz’s searching ball over the top found N’Golo Kante with the French ace chesting the ball down before turning a low strike past goalkeeper Vicente Guaita for a 1-0 win.
Frank Lampard fielded Chelsea’s youngest ever starting XI in the Premier League when we hosted Palace in November 2019 and his players repaid his trust with a solid 2-0 win.
Willian’s neat flick set up Tammy Abraham to give us the lead with a well-taken finish early in the second half before Christian Pulisic netted his first goal at the Bridge with a header off Michy Batshuayi’s deflected effort 11 minutes from time.
Following the Covid lockdown, the Blues secured a crucial result at an empty Selhurst the following July as goals by Olivier Giroud, Pulisic and Abraham gave us a hard-fought 3-2 win which went a long way towards helping us to qualify for the Champions League the following season.
Chelsea enjoyed a pair of comprehensive wins in our league meetings in 20/21 as we plundered eight goals against the Eagles.
At the Bridge in early October, Ben Chilwell enjoyed a magnificent Premier League for the Blues as he smashed in the opener five minutes after the interval before crossing for Kurt Zouma to head home our second. A pair of late penalties by Jorginho sealed a thumping 4-0 triumph.
The return game in south London in April came between both legs of our Champions League quarter-final against Porto in Seville but brilliant finishes in the opening 10 minutes by Kai Havertz and Pulisic and a header on the half-hour by Zouma set us on course for a comfortable 4-1 victory with the American netting his second of the afternoon late on.
Our eighth straight victory against the Eagles arrived on the opening day of the 21/22 campaign as the first full crowd at Stamford Bridge for 18 months revelled in a 3-0 derby triumph.
Marcos Alonso’s magnificent free-kick and a poacher’s finish by Pulisic for his fifth goal against the Eagles gave us a two-goal lead at the interval. However, the game was made memorable by Academy graduate Trevoh Chalobah marking his Premier League debut by firing home from long range just before the hour.
It was a much tighter contest when we picked up our ninth win last February. With the game still goalless after 89 minutes, Alonso’s deep cross from the left found Hakim Ziyech lurking at the far post with the Moroccan sending a volley between the legs of Jack Butland for the only goal.