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    Crystal Palace v Chelsea Live Commentary & Result, 10/04/2021, Premier League

    78′ Goal Christian Pulisic

    76′ Meanwhile, Andros Townsend enters the action for Palace, with Ayew making way.

    76′ Activity on both benches. Chelsea introduce Reece James in favour of Hudson-Odoi.

    75′ Mount tries his luck again following a neat move by the visitors. This time from distance, but his effort is always rising.

    72′ Good block! A long ball forward sends Mount on his way. The England international unleashes a fierce drive, but Palace throw bodies in the way to deny him.

    70′ We are into the final 20 minutes at Selhurst Park. Chelsea still hold a two-goal advantage, but Palace are not out of this yet. We are in for an exciting finish here.

    68′ Good save! Guaita to Palace’s rescue once more. A neat move from Chelsea results in Havertz going through. He shoots early, but Guaita is equal to it.

    67′ Benteke has now been directly involved in nine goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances against Chelsea; scoring seven and assisting two.

    65′ That was Benteke’s first goal at Selhurst Park since finding the net against Chelsea last July. It also takes his Premier League tally for the campaign to six.

    63′ Schlupp was the provider with a magnificent cross for Benteke to attack.

    63′ BENTEKE!!! 3-1! Hope for Palace! A brilliant move from the hosts results in Benteke powerfully heading home from Schlupp’s inviting cross.

    61′ Chelsea also turn to the bench with N’Golo Kante replacing Jorginho.

    59′ Riedewald also makes way for the hosts, with James McCarthy coming on in his place.

    59′ Palace make a double-change. The first sees Eze make way for Jeffrey Schlupp.

    57′ Havertz is hitting form at just the right time for Chelsea. With a Champions League quarter-final and FA Cup semi-final on the horizon, Tuchel will hope his compatriot can be a key player for the Blues.

    55′ A nice flowing move from Chelsea culminates in Havertz meeting Hudson-Odoi’s cross, but Kouyate does just about enough to put him off.

    53′ Palace have looked more threatening during the early stages of this second half. You feel the Eagles must capitalise on every opportunity that falls their way if they are to get anything out of this game.

    51′ You must go back to October 2017 for Palace’s last victory over Chelsea in the Premier League. That came courtesy of a 2-1 success at Selhurst Park.

    49′ Of course, Chilwell was on target in Chelsea’s win over Porto in midweek, and he would have been looking to do a lot better from that position there.

    47′ The Blues threaten early on with Chilwell leading the charge. The England left-back cuts inside onto his right foot, before fires a shot wide of the far post.

    46′ Chelsea get the ball rolling in the second half.

    Palace have been completely outclassed so far and need a response after the break. The next goal could be crucial in this contest, and it could spark the Eagles into life should they get it.

    Goals from Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Kurt Zouma have given Chelsea a commanding 3-0 lead at Selhurst Park. It has been a dominant performance from the Blues, who could have pulled further ahead but for good goalkeeping from Vicente Guaita.

    45′ + 2′ HALF-TIME: CRYSTAL PALACE 0-3 CHELSEA

    45′ We are going to have a single minute of stoppage time at the end of this first half.

    42′ At the other end, Ayew looks to make something happen for Palace. But Azpilicueta reads the situation well with the Chelsea skipper showing good strength to see the ball behind for a goal kick.

    40′ Chelsea going through the motions as we enter the last five minutes of the first half. They seem quite satisfied to see their three-goal lead through to half-time, and who can blame them?

    38′ Mr Oliver choosing to keep his cards in his pocket on that occasion, but he has not been afraid to brandish them in recent times. In fact, he has shown 15 yellow cards in the last four matches he has officiated, while he recently sent off Tottenham’s Erik Lamela against Arsenal.

    36′ A brief altercation breaks out between Mount and Zaha in the centre of the field. However, the situation is quickly defused with both players receiving a stern telling from Mr Oliver.

    34′ OFF THE LINE! Almost another for Zouma, who rises to powerfully head a corner towards goal. But Van Aanholt is well-placed on the line to deny his former club.

    33′ GOOD REFLEXES! But for Guaita, this could be a lot worse for Palace. Mount exchanges passes with Hudson-Odoi before unleashing a powerful strike that the goalkeeper just about manages to block.

    32′ The highest-scoring defender in the Premier League, Zouma now has five goals this season in the English top-flight.

    30′ Mount was the provider with a delightful free-kick delivery that was begging to be attacked.

    30′ ZOUMA!!! 3-0 CHELSEA! The Blues have a third and Zouma gets in on the act! The centre-half climbs to meet Mount’s deep free-kick and plant a firm header beyond the powerless Guaita.

    29′ Kouyate is booked after taking out Chilwell, who was threatening to break away on the counter.

    26′ Can Palace hang on? Chelsea have forced another corner and are not looking like slowing down in their quest to kill this game off. The hosts must maintain their concentration levels.

    24′ It may have taken Havertz a while to settle since his move to Chelsea, but he certainly appears to have found his feet here. But for Guaita’s intervention, he would have doubled his tally in this game.

    22′ Good save! That was brilliant from Havertz! Latching onto a lofted ball forward, the German flicks it over the head of Van Aanholt before Guaita somehow keeps out his volley. What a goal that would have been.

    20′ It already looks like a long way back for Palace as the Blues continue to dominate proceedings and push for more goals.

    18′ Meanwhile, Chelsea arrived on the back of six consecutive Premier League victories over Palace – their best winning league run in this fixture. Already, it appears that span will continue today.

    16′ Coming into this game, Palace were looking to record a fourth successive clean sheet at home in the Premier League for the first time. But the events of the opening 15 minutes here have quickly put paid to that.

    14′ These are potentially exciting times for Chelsea. Well in the hunt for a top-four finish, the Blues hold a 2-0 lead ahead of facing Porto in their Champions League quarter-final second leg on Tuesday. Four days later, they take on Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals. Should results go their way, Tuchel will have a great chance of landing his first silverware at Stamford Bridge.

    12′ Two goals in quick succession mean Palace already have a mountain to climb at Selhurst Park. But take nothing away from Chelsea, who have been ruthless during these early stages.

    10′ Havertz showed good awareness to pick out Pulisic, who doubles Chelsea’s lead in no time at all.

    10′ PULISIC!!! 2-0! Chelsea are flying! Following a stunning move, Havertz turns provider by cutting the ball back to Pulisic, who takes a touch before ramming a ferocious shot past the helpless Guaita.

    9′ The Blues’ dominant start is highlighted by the fact that they have enjoyed a whopping 86 per cent of possession so far at Selhurst Park.

    8′ Hudson-Odoi fed the ball into the feet of Havertz, who did the rest in sublime fashion.

    8′ HAVERTZ!!! 1-0 CHELSEA! The Blues make their early pressure tell! Moments after Guaita does well to deny Pulisic from close range, he is unable to keep out Havertz. Receiving the ball in the box, the German international gets the ball onto his left foot, before neatly bending a shot into the far corner.

    7′ Mount is one of Chelsea’s joint-top scorers in the Premier League this season with six goals. That tally is matched by Jorginho and Tammy Abraham.

    5′ Another good move by the visitors with Hudson-Odoi cushioning Jorginho’s diagonal ball into the path of Mount, who is unable to keep his volley down.

    3′ A positive start by Chelsea, who quickly take control of possession. A neat move down the right results in Van Aanholt doing well to block Hudson-Odoi’s cross.

    1′ Referee Michael Oliver blows his whistle and Palace get the match underway.

    The players are out and kick-off is imminent.

    Can Thomas Tuchel become only the second Chelsea head coach to avoid defeat in each of his first six Premier League away games? The last Blues boss to achieve the feat Luiz Felipe Scolari in 2008.

    As for Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel makes five changes from last weekend’s defeat by West Bromwich Albion. Kai Havertz starts in the false number nine role, while there are also recalls for Antonio Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount. Timo Werner, Marcos Alonso, Reece James and Hakim Ziyech drop to the bench. Thiago Silva is suspended following his red card against the Baggies.

    For the third match running, Roy Hodgson names an unchanged starting XI for Palace. James McCarthy is back on the bench following his return to full fitness, while 18-year-old Jesurun Rak-Sakyi is involved in a senior matchday squad for the first time. Michy Batshuayi is ineligible to face his parent club.

    SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kante, Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud, Hakim Ziyech, Reece James, Emerson.

    CHELSEA (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger; Callum Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Ben Chilwell; Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic.

    SUBS: Jack Butland, Scott Dann, Andros Townsend, Jean-Philippe Mateta, Jeffrey Schlupp, James McCarthy, Tyrick Mitchell, Martin Kelly, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi.

    CRYSTAL PALACE (4-4-2): Vicente Guaita; Joel Ward, Cheikhou Kouyate, Patrick van Aanholt; Jordan Ayew, Luka Milivojevic, Jairo Riedewald, Eberechi Eze; Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha.

    Chelsea can move into the top four with what would be a seventh consecutive league win over Palace, who will pass the 40-point mark should they take the spoils here.

    Hello everyone and welcome to live text coverage of the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park.

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