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  • Date:14 Dec 2013
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Stamford Bridge
  • Attendance:41,608
  • Torres (15) Torres (15)
    Ramires (34)
    Ramires (34)
  • Chamakh (28)
Goal!

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92mins

The match has reached full-time.

92mins

Demba Ba makes a clearance.

92mins

Danny Gabbidon takes the free kick.

91mins

Cesar Azpilicueta challenges Dwight Gayle unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90mins

Eden Hazard fouled by Cameron Jerome, the ref awards a free kick.

89mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joel Ward by Nascimento Ramires.

88mins

Nascimento Ramires has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

88mins

Andre Schurrle takes a shot. Parried by Julian Speroni back into danger.

88mins

Dwight Gayle is brought on as a substitute for Marouane Chamakh.

88mins

Demba Ba fouled by Mile Jedinak, the ref awards a free kick.

86mins

Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

85mins

Andre Schurrle concedes a free kick for a foul on Joel Ward.

85mins

Danny Gabbidon manages to make a clearance.

84mins

Demba Ba joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fernando Torres.

84mins

Damien Delaney makes a clearance.

82mins

Da Silva Willian is substituted off.

82mins

Andre Schurrle is brought on as a substitute for da Silva Willian.

79mins

Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.

78mins

Unfair challenge on Damien Delaney by Fernando Torres results in a free kick.

78mins

Corner taken by Jason Puncheon.

77mins

Yannick Bolasie crosses the ball.

77mins

Clearance made by Cesar Azpilicueta.

77mins

Stuart O'Keefe takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.

76mins

Jason Puncheon produces a cross.

75mins

Michael Essien takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

74mins

Clearance by David Luiz.

72mins

Michael Essien makes a clearance.

71mins

The ball is crossed by Branislav Ivanovic.

69mins

Branislav Ivanovic goes into the referee's book.

69mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Marouane Chamakh.

68mins

Clearance by Nascimento Ramires.

66mins

Danny Gabbidon takes the free kick.

65mins

Fernando Torres is ruled offside.

63mins

Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

62mins

Juan Mata leaves the field to be replaced by Emboaba Oscar.

62mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Luiz on Adrian Mariappa.

62mins

Corner taken by Juan Mata.

61mins

Juan Mata crosses the ball.

60mins

Clearance made by Danny Gabbidon.

58mins

Damien Delaney heads at goal. Petr Cech catches the ball.

58mins

Free kick crossed by Jason Puncheon.

57mins

Unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh by Michael Essien results in a free kick.

56mins

Eden Hazard sends in a cross.

55mins

Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.

54mins

Jason Puncheon has an effort at goal. Parried by Petr Cech back into danger.

54mins

Free kick taken by Danny Gabbidon.

53mins

Nascimento Ramires concedes a free kick for a foul on Stuart O'Keefe.

52mins

Clearance made by Joel Ward.

51mins

Yannick Bolasie comes on in place of Barry Bannan.

50mins

Clearance made by John Terry.

48mins

Da Silva Willian takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Danny Gabbidon.

47mins

The referee gets the second half started.

47mins

The half-time whistle blows.

47mins

Danny Gabbidon manages to make a clearance.

47mins

Michael Essien makes a clearance.

46mins

Clearance by Danny Gabbidon.

45mins

Nascimento Ramires challenges Marouane Chamakh unfairly and gives away a free kick.

45mins

Clearance by Mile Jedinak.

45mins

Clearance by Marouane Chamakh.

44mins

A cross is delivered by Cesar Azpilicueta.

43mins

Jason Puncheon manages to make a clearance.

43mins

Unfair challenge on Michael Essien by Marouane Chamakh results in a free kick.

42mins

Juan Mata restarts play with the free kick.

42mins

Unfair challenge on Juan Mata by Mile Jedinak results in a free kick.

41mins

Da Silva Willian takes a shot.

39mins

Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.

39mins

Barry Bannan takes the free kick.

38mins

Unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome by David Luiz results in a free kick.

35mins

Nascimento Ramires scores with their right foot. Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace.Eden Hazard provided the assist for the goal.

35mins

Eden Hazard provided the assist for the goal.

31mins

Clearance by David Luiz.

29mins

Marouane Chamakh grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Chelsea 1-1 Crystal Palace.The assist for the goal came from Joel Ward.

29mins

Petr Cech makes a clearance.

28mins

Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Petr Cech catches the ball.

27mins

Shot by Michael Essien went wide left of the target.

26mins

Michael Essien manages to make a clearance.

26mins

Kagisho Dikgacoi goes off and Stuart O'Keefe comes on.

22mins

Clearance made by Danny Gabbidon.

22mins

Clearance made by David Luiz.

21mins

Branislav Ivanovic has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

21mins

Clearance by John Terry.

19mins

The referee gives a free kick against Jason Puncheon for handball.

19mins

Free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.

19mins

Clearance by David Luiz.

18mins

Branislav Ivanovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joel Ward.

16mins

Fernando Torres scores a right footed goal. Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace.

14mins

Clearance by Adrian Mariappa.

11mins

Cesar Azpilicueta makes a clearance.

10mins

Foul by Juan Mata on Joel Ward, free kick awarded.

9mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Danny Gabbidon.

6mins

Unfair challenge on David Luiz by Cameron Jerome results in a free kick.

6mins

Damien Delaney restarts play with the free kick.

5mins

Juan Mata gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Bannan.

3mins

Marouane Chamakh makes a clearance.

3mins

Cesar Azpilicueta delivers the ball.

2mins

Jason Puncheon crosses the ball.

1mins

Cesar Azpilicueta manages to make a clearance.

The game kicks-off.

Match Preview

Mourinho will not write off United Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho maintains Manchester United are still genuine Premier League title contenders, but believes the festive programme could whittle down the opposition for the trophy. Chelsea play Crystal Palace on Saturday and will bid to respond from last weekend's loss at Stoke and enter the weekend's fixtures trailing leaders Arsenal by five points. Manchester United are 13 points adrift in ninth place, currently sixth of the six teams Mourinho counts as title contenders. "They have to recover points not to one single team, they have to recover points to every other team," Mourinho said. "It's difficult. Not just because it's 13 to Arsenal, but also because it's eight to us and to Liverpool and seven to City. "But as I keep repeating, the culture of Man United is there, the power and the quality of their players is there, the tradition is there. "When mathematically it's very possible, I never say Man United is out of the race." Mourinho is well aware the results over the festive fixture programme can have a major say on the destination of the trophy come May. "Let's see if after Christmas we can say instead of six (contenders), five," Mourinho said. "Maybe one drops back or maybe one goes so up that it looks impossible to reach. "It's very difficult to predict the way things are going. One thing is if we beat Arsenal, another thing is if Arsenal beat us. We can close the gap or they can open the gap. "This weekend Tottenham-Liverpool, somebody loses points, us against Arsenal, somebody loses points, Arsenal against City, somebody loses points." Chelsea's aim is to stay in contact. Mourinho added: "Five points is a gap that is not a drama, but we have to try (to ensure) that the five-point gap doesn't open, at least. "With a five-point gap (and) two matches (in) one week, everything can change. "When you go instead of five to eight, nine, 10 (points), the situation is more complicated." Mourinho, who won the title in 2005 and 2006 in his first two seasons with Chelsea, has long insisted the challenge on his return is more difficult, with a squad in transition. He wants his players to have the mentality of one of the favourites, even if he believes other sides have a better title chance, after finding a team built for the short-term under his predecessor Rafael Benitez. Mourinho added: "Benitez was chasing results. He was not worried about the building up of a team with a certain style. We didn't have a real base to start with. "For many reasons we knew that the situation needs time and patience. We are competing against important teams in a very difficult league where you don't have one single easy match. We knew it would be difficult. "We are not favourites, but we want to feel as favourites. We want to fight the favourites and we want to feel like we are. "To put ourselves under a little bit of pressure only can help to be better. I want that." Whether Mourinho is afforded the patience others have not at Chelsea remains to be seen, but what is in little doubt is that his side are favourites for Saturday's London derby with relegation-threatened Palace. Defender Gary Cahill will be rested, with the upcoming fixtures in mind. Ashley Cole will return to the substitutes' bench, with Spain right-back Cesar Azpilicueta taking his place at left-back, and is instead selected for next week's Capital One Cup quarter-final at Sunderland. Tony Pulis believes it is Palace's performances at home which will determine their Premier League fate and not games such as Saturday's trip to title challengers Chelsea. The Eagles have won two of their three matches since Pulis' appointment, but the Stamford Bridge contest is the sternest test so far. "I've come in, the players have responded and it's been a great few results and we're really, really pleased," Pulis said. "But the season is not about three or four games - it's about the 23 that are left for us. "Our season will be determined by our home form, from now until the end of the season. "We've just got to make sure Selhurst Park is rocking like it has been the couple of times I've been manager there and that the players give everything they've got." Pulis believes Palace can put the leading clubs under pressure at home, but it is more of a challenge away. "On any given day, if Chelsea play to their maximum, they're a little bit ahead of us," added Pulis, whose former club Stoke beat Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium last weekend. "The one thing everybody's really surprised about is that they haven't scored as many goals as maybe they should have. "But they've played some fantastic football and they've got some top, top players. "I think they're in a fantastic position and they're still fighting on four fronts. "At Selhurst Park you can make it difficult and you can make it more of a competitive match. When you go away, it can be, in my experience, very, very difficult. "The pressure is off us; I don't think anybody expects us to go to Chelsea and win the game. "The important thing is the players go there and do their best, they enjoy the game and they enjoy the challenge." Full-back Dean Moxey, one of three ever-presents for the Eagles this season, is doubtful for the Chelsea clash with a hamstring injury, but winger Yannick Bolasie is available following suspension. A number of long-term injured are nearing returns as Pulis assesses his squad prior to the opening of the winter transfer window.

Formation:4231Manager: Jose Mourinho

Chelsea

Formation: 442Manager: Tony Pulis

Crystal Palace

  • Petr Cech
  • Branislav Ivanovic
  • David Luiz
  • John Terry
  • Cesar Azpilicueta
  • Nascimento Ramires
  • Michael Essien
  • da Silva Willian
  • Juan Mata
  • Eden Hazard
  • Fernando Torres
  • SUBS
  • Ashley Cole
  • Frank Lampard
  • Emboaba Oscar
  • Andre Schurrle
  • Demba Ba
  • Mark Schwarzer
  • Samuel Eto'o

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Match Report

Form Guide

    LDWWWL
  • Chelsea
  • VS
  • Crystal Palace
  • LDWLWW

Last Meetings

  • Chelsea
  • 4 - 1
  • Crystal Palace
  • 19/03/2005
  • Crystal Palace
  • 0 - 2
  • Chelsea
  • 24/08/2004
  • Chelsea
  • 6 - 2
  • Crystal Palace
  • 11/03/1998
  • Crystal Palace
  • 0 - 3
  • Chelsea
  • 13/09/1997
  • Chelsea
  • 0 - 0
  • Crystal Palace
  • 05/03/1995
  • Crystal Palace
  • 0 - 1
  • Chelsea
  • 24/09/1994

Top Scorers

Chelsea

  • E Hazard 5
  • Ed Oscar 5
  • F Lampard 3
  • A Schurrle 3
  • J Terry 2
  • S Eto'o 2
  • FJ Torres 1
  • G Cahill 1
  • B Ivanovic 1
  • B Mikel 1
  • dB Willian 1
  • D Ba 1

Crystal Palace

  • M Chamakh 3
  • D Gabbidon 1
  • C Jerome 1
  • A Mariappa 1
  • B Bannan 1
  • S O'Keefe 1
  • D Gayle 1

Goals

Chelsea

    • Total goals 47
    • Goals per game 30
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Crystal Palace

    • Total goals 27
    • Goals per game 10
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 9 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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