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FT: The result means that Chelsea remain on top of the league as they now move onto 43 points whilst Crystal Palace remain in 16th on 15 points ahead of the rest of the weekend’s matches.
FT: The only blemish on Chelsea’s performance was the booking to Costa, which earned the striker a suspension – meaning he’ll miss their next match against Bournemouth.
FT: Palace did create a few opportunities of their own with Cabaye forcing Courtois into a fine save early into the second-period. Benteke also had a good chance on the turn but he miscued his volley, which Courtois saved with ease. Townsend fired a freekick over the bar late-on in what was quite a comfortable half for the Belgian goalkeeper.
FT: Chelsea created a number of chances in the second-half with Hennessey doing well to keep the scoreline low. The Welsh international made a number of fine saves from Kanté, Fàbregas and Alonso each on a couple of occasions to prevent the Blues from extending their lead. However Hennessey couldn’t do anything about Alonso’s freekick but the woodwork came to his rescue before Cahill’s tame header was saved by the keeper.
FT: So Chelsea extend their lead at the top of the league by nine points.
90’+5′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+4′ Play resumes.
90’+4′ Zaha is down with an injury.
90’+3′ Luiz wins a freekick.
90’+2′ Townsend’s effort is harmlessly off-target.
90’+1′ Dann wins a freekick after a foul from Fàbregas, who receives a yellow card.
90′ There will be five additional minutes.
89′ Batshuayi is penalised for a foul.
88′ Final Chelsea change sees Costa replaced by Michy Batshuayi.
85′ Townsend’s delivery is cleared before Chelsea deal with the threat.
85′ Zaha wins a freekick in a good position.
84′ Chance!! Fàbregas receives the ball before firing an effort that Hennessey saves with his feet although the whistle had already blown for handball from the Spaniard.
84′ Final Palace change sees Zeki Fryers replace Kelly.
83′ So close!! Alonso curls the freekick that beats the wall but not the woodwork as his effort rattles against the bar with Cahill unable to head home the rebound under-pressure.
81′ Delaney receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Hazard, who wins a freekick in a good position.
80′ Costa wins a freekick.
80′ The corner comes to nothing as Alonso is penalised for a foul.
79′ Chance!! Costa is played through by Fàbregas but just as he’s about to pull the trigger Delaney makes a fine last ditch-challenge to deny the striker.
79′ The corner is claimed by Hennessey.
78′ Second Palace change sees Fraizer Campbell replace Cabaye.
78′ Second Chelsea change sees Branislav Ivanović replace Moses.
77′ Alonso wins a corner.
76′ Matić is penalised for a high foot.
76′ First Palace change sees Andros Townsend replace Puncheon.
73′ Chance!! Moses has the just to play Hazard in, but instead delays the pass and finds Alonso, who fires an effort that Hennessey palms away.
71′ Chance!! Moses pulls the ball back to Kanté, who fires an effort that Hennessey is forced to palm away.
70′ Chance!! Benteke controls a cross-field pass on the chest before firing a tame effort on the volley that Courtois saves with ease.
69′ Chance!! Hazard pulls the ball back to Fàbregas, who fires an effort on his weaker left-foot that Hennessey saves at the second-attempt.
68′ Play resumes.
67′ Puncheon is down with an injury and is receiving treatment.
66′ Close!! A headed clearance from Dann from a Moses cross falls to Alonso, who fires an effort on the volley inches wide into the side-netting.
65′ Play resumes.
64′ Play is halted after two Palace players are down with a clash of heads.
64′ Chance!! A well-drilled cross from Fàbregas finds Alonso but the ball comes quickly at him and he can’t direct the shot on target.
63′ First Chelsea change sees Cesc Fàbregas replace Willian.
62′ Chance!! A Willian cross finds Moses, whose effort on the turn is blocked.
61′ Azpilicueta wins a freekick after a foul from Puncheon.
60′ Cabaye’s delivery is cleared.
60′ Cabaye’s delivery is deflected just wide by Azpilcueta for a corner.
59′ Moses receives a yellow card for a foul on Puncheon and Kanté is also booked for a cynical foul on Cabaye earlier.
54′ Cabaye’s delivery is cleared by Alonso.
54′ Cabaye’s delivery is cleared behind by Azpilicueta at the expense of a corner.
53′ Kanté is penalised for a foul on Puncheon.
49′ Chance!! Azpilicueta finds Kanté, who fires an effort that stings the palms of Hennessey.
48′ Courtois claims the delivery.
47′ Moses concedes a corner.
46′ Chance!! Cabaye fires a loose ball from-range that Courtois has to palm away before gathering at the second-attempt.
45′ Crystal Palace get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Palace find a leveller or will Chelsea add to their tally? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: Palace will need to get better service in towards Benteke as his aerial ability will provide a threat to the Blues. As for Chelsea, they need to be more clinical in front of goal with the final pass needing to be perfect. Costa also needs better service, as he’s found it difficult to get beyond Dann and Delaney, despite getting his goal.
HT: Palace have created a few chances, with Puncheon’s glaring miss after a fine pull-back from Kelly being their best opportunity. McArthur also went close with a header from another Kelly delivery before Puncheon curled a freekick over the bar. Their defence have been well-drilled for the majority of the first-half but Azpilicueta’s cross was brilliant and Dann couldn’t prevent Costa from heading home.
HT: The Blues have dominated the majority of the match but have had to ride their luck on a few occasions. Chelsea strung a number of fine passes together but the final pass had let them down on a number of occasions for instance when Kanté and Alonso tried to play Hazard and Willian through on-goal. Their best chances came from efforts from-range but Luiz and Azpilicueta couldn’t find the target. Nevertheless the Blues have the lead courtesy of a fine header from Costa, who had been quiet as a result of a lack of service.
HT: So Chelsea are ahead at the break.
45’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45’+1′ Luiz wins a freekick.
45′ There will be two additional minutes.
43′ Goal!! A teasing delivery from Azpilicueta is headed home by Costa.
40′ Puncheon is penalised for a foul on Moses.
39′ Puncheon curls the freekick just over the bar.
38′ Zaha wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Alonso.
37′ Chance!! McArthur meets a Kelly cross to head wide.
36′ Azpilicueta fires an effort off-target from-range.
35′ Puncheon’s delivery is cleared and Chelsea break with Alonso, who beats Ward and tries to play Willian through, but his pass is underhit and Palace eventually deal with the threat.
34′ Azpilicueta is penalised for a foul on Benteke.
33′ Alonso is penalised for a foul on Zaha.
32′ Willian passes the freekick to Kanté, whose effort is blocked before the hosts complete the clearance.
31′ Cabaye is penalised for a foul on Alonso and concedes a freekick.
31′ Kanté is fouled by McArthur.
30′ Alonso is penalised for a foul on Zaha.
29′ Cahill wins a freekick after a foul from Benteke.
27′ Willian’s eventual delivery is cleared by Ledley.
25′ Hazard wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Zaha.
23′ Costa wins a freekick after a foul from McArthur.
23′ The delivery is cleared.
23′ Azpilicueta concedes a corner, although it looked as though he was fouled by Puncheon.
22′ The corner is taken short and the visitors deal with the threat.
22′ Puncheon wins a corner.
21′ Costa receives a yellow card for a foul on Ledley and it means that he’ll miss his next match.
20′ Chance!! A dangerous pull-back from Kelly finds Puncheon, who fires a first-time effort wide when he should have at least hit the target.
18′ Willian’s corner it taken short to Hazard, who finds Kanté but his cross is just behind Luiz and goes behind for a goalkick.
17′ Luiz’ freekick deflects off the wall and goes behind for a corner.
16′ Hazard wins a freekick in a good position after a cynical foul from Ward, who receives a yellow card.
12′ Kanté gets a talking-to for an earlier cynical foul, he’s fortunate to escape a booking there.
10′ Cahill clears a dangerous delivery towards Benteke.
8′ Cabaye intercepts a through-ball from Kanté towards Hazard.
6′ Hazard is penalised for a foul.
5′ Costa is caught offside.
0′ Chelsea get the game underway.
Crystal Palace F.C.: Wayne Hennessey (GK), Joel Ward, Damien Delaney, Scott Dann, Martin Kelly, Joe Ledley, James McArthur, Jason Puncheon, Yohan Cabaye, Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke
Chelsea F.C.: Thibaut Courtois (GK), Gary Cahill, David Luiz, César Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Nemanja Matić, N’Golo Kanté, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa,Willian