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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace (4-0): Match Summary and Analysis

A big win for out of form Chelsea meanwhile a devastating loss for in for Crystal Palace.

03/10/2020

How did both lineups?

Chelsea gave a debut to the signing from France E. Mendy. Skipper C. Azpilicueta Tanco started at right-back with debutant B. Chilwell on the left. In form, K. Zouma partnered T. da Silva in the center of the defense despite his horrible mistake against West Bromwich Albion. N. Kanté and J. Frello Filho played in the defensive midfield role with youngster K. Havertz being deployed in the no.10 spot. K. Bakumo-Abraham started up front alongside the two wingers C. Hudson-Odoi and T. Werner, in a 4-2-3-1.

The away side had Spaniard V. Guaita Panadero in goal with M. Sakho and C. Kouyaté partnering in front of him. Youngster T. Mitchell and J. Ward began at left-back and right-back, respectively. The midfield had new flair signing E. Eze on the left-wing and in form A. Townsend o the right. J. McCarthy and J. McArthur started in central midfield with J. Ayew partnering talisman W. Zaha in a straight 4-4-2.

Fixture details: Chelsea vs Crystal Palace (03/10/2020)

Excitement for Chelsea fans?

Chelsea, overall, played a good game with not many major mistakes. However, their first-half performance wasn’t comprehensive. F. Lampard’s side ball movement was pedestrian and lacked penetration in the first half. It was relatively easy for Crystal Palace to stay in their shape. Chelsea had no answers to a stubborn defensive setup. At the half-time whistle, no one in the stadium could have predicted what was to follow in the second 45.

Chelsea started the second half much faster and on the front foot. Jorginho began to get on the ball and pick out some effective balls in behind the Palace defense. The deadlock was broken in the minute 50’ as Ben Chilwell scored a well-executed volley that came after a shambolic piece of defending from the away side.

Sixteen minutes later, Chilwell was involved again as he assisted Zouma’s goal with a delightful cross from the left. The Frenchman scored his second goal of the new season already and looks well trusted by his boss. Chelsea Later scored two in the space of four minutes with Jorginho scoring both of them from the spot.

Later, C. Pulisic got a few minutes as he returns to full fitness to help Chelsea gather some form going forward.

They had 70% possession throughout the game. Chelsea also recorded 17 shots, and 6 of them were on target. Overall, a convincing performance for Frank’s side and was perfectly complimented with a clean-sheet.

How bad was that performance for Palace?

R. Hodgson will be hugely frustrated with his side’s performance. Coming into the game, Palace were looking dangerous after two consecutive wins at the start. Both sides’ recent forms were looking rather negative for Chelsea and positive for Palace. However, this performance might force Hodgson to make one or two bold decisions in his upcoming match’s lineup.

The Eagles recorded only 4 shots in the whole game and ended up with 30% possession to their name. Palace are known for giving up possession and counter teams with pace, but nothing existed at the Stamford Bridge.

After an impressive start, a lot of work to be done for Roy Hodgson, and a few changes might be needed.