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Aimee Lewis

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  1. Match report

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea

    Cesc Fabregas

    Premier League leaders Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start to the season but were made to battle for victory against Crystal Palace.

    A brilliant Oscar free-kick and an equally impressive Cesc Fabregas strike ensured Jose Mourinho's men move five points clear of second-placed Manchester City.

    Fraizer Campbell scored late on to give the hosts a deserved reward for their spirited performance against a team which dominated possession and territory throughout.

    Both teams were forced to play the second half with 10 men as Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta and Palace's Damien Delaney were dismissed in two separate incidents.

    Azpilicueta was the first to see red, the defender punished for a late two-footed challenge on Mile Jedinak in the 40th minute. Three minutes later, Delaney received his second yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Loic Remy.

    Palace boss Neil Warnock remonstrated with referee Craig Pawson at half-time as the pair walked towards the tunnel and the Yorkshireman's ire had not quelled at the final whistle.

    Chelsea coped the better with reduced personnel, masterfully retaining possession as Fabregas and Oscar dictated play. At times, the second half resembled a training ground exercise.

    In the first half, Campbell's pace had posed the Chelsea defence problems, but the hosts' threat diminished after Delaney's dismissal and hopes of recording a second successive league victory over the Blues receded once Fabregas doubled Chelsea's advantage.

    It was a 1-0 defeat at Palace in March which derailed Chelsea's title challenge last season, but Jose Mourinho has said he has since learned his lesson and the statistics back up his argument.

    The Blues have won nine and drawn two of their last 11 league matches and even without Diego Costa - the Premier League leading scorer was injured while on international duty - they posed enough of a threat to see off Palace.

    Match stats
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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho:

    "My team had a fantastic performance. From minute one we did what we want to do, have the ball, use the ball and control the game. After that comes the red cards. And 10 against 10 with the qualities we have was even easier for us.

    "The second goal was a scandal. It is unbelievably good!

    "Against Palace it is never finished until the last seconds. They scored and the situation becomes dangerous for us.

    "I have no complaints for the red card. It was very far from me and my focus was not on if it was a red, it was on how to reorganise my team."

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    Cesc Fabregas

    Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas: "We played a great second half especially for 10 against 10. Oscar's fantastic goal helped us and after the break it was a completely different game. It was a solid performance.

    "Palace were man marking me in the first half so it was difficult for me to get into space but 80% of the game was ours. I play deeper now so it will not be a party every game for me. I will go five or six games without a goal or an assist at times and I am more proud about our discipline.

    "Do we feel invincible? This is a joke. Arsenal went unbeaten in 2003-4, that will never happen again."

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    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

    "There was lots of fight and character from Palace. They work extremely hard and are organised and will be fine this season. And Chelsea? Well, they just roll on don't they."

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    Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea

    Neil Warnock waves his players away from the referee. The Crystal Palace manager looks like he is about to combust. Referee Craig Pawson, flanked by his assistants, is waiting for the Palace boss to disappear down the tunnel before leaving the pitch.


    Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea

    Mohamed Salah skips toward the left touchline... Chelsea keeping possession... the full-time whistle blows.

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    Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea

    Neil Warnock bellowing instructions from the sidelines but Chelsea have the ball... A free-kick inside their own half.

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    Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea

    We're into injury time and Palace fans are urging their team forward.

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    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

    "That's a good finish. Campbell got behind the Chelsea backline and just knocks in a wonderful ball. It really picked him out, and the ball was put into an empty net. And there's some time still to go..."

  10. GOAL

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea - Fraizer Campbell

    A simple tap-in for Fraizer Campbell as he connects with Wilfried's Zaha cross from the right. Palace couldn't, could they?

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    Loic Remy with a shot from distance. The Frenchman has not been as lethal as Diego Costa, but he has not had any chance of note.

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    Eden Hazard's day is done as Mohamed Salah is introduced. Palace fans still in full song even though the match is fizzling out to an unspectacular end.

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    A spirited five minutes from Palace. The hosts patiently make their way into the Chelsea half but a poor ball from Mile Jedinak ruins the move.

  14. Eight minutes to go

    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    Palace causing Chelsea problems, but a perfectly-timed tackle from Gary Cahill in the box sniffs out the danger.

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    Quick footwork from Wilfried Zaha as he cleverly gets out of a cul de sac with two Chelsea defenders breathing down on him. But there winger's adrenalized cross goes out for a throw-in in the opposite touchline.

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    Nothing much to report. Cesc Fabregas cleanly wins the ball in a sliding tackle. It could have been a second yellow for the former Barcelona man had he got it wrong. But he didn't so we move on.

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    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

    "The sendings off have had more of a negative effect on Palace than Chelsea. Chelsea are so well drilled that they just know how to move into various systems and adapt the way they play. Being down to 10 men has had no discernable dramatic impact on them."

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    Applause from the home fans for Adlene Guedioura as he brings Wilfried Zaha into the match. But Yannick Bolasie messes up Palace's most promising move of the match.

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    Oscar dancing toward the box and forces Julian Speroni to dive low to his left. The Brazilian would have been celebrating his second of the match had the goalkeeper not been alert in the face of enemy fire.

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    Eden Hazard

    Mile Jedinak takes a swipe at Oscar's heels, which gives the visitors a chance to regroup and mount another attack. To the left they go, where Eden Hazard is lurking. The Belgian cuts in and is a fraction wide from finding the far post.

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    Even with Palace back to 10-men, normal service resumes as the visitors bully the hosts by keeping hold of the ball

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    Finally! Marin Kelly boots out the ball which means Adlene Guedioura can replace the injured James McArthur.

    It's a double substitution as Wilfried Zaha comes on for Jason Puncheon. We're back to 10 versus 10.

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    There's more hope of fish learning to climb trees than Palace coming back from here because Chelsea are masterful.

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    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is the way Chelsea play at home, where they just knock the ball around, keep possession and wait for an opportunity to open up. Palace are just sitting deep in their own half. They need to make changes, and quick."

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    The hosts have possession! But they refuse to kick the ball into touch, which means Palace are still with only the nine men. Incredible.

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    Chelsea retaining possession while the opposition are reduced to nine men. The ball sticking like glue to yellow-shirted players as Adlene Guedioura looks on from the sidelines.

  27. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Cesc Fabregas

    Hashim Albahbahani: Saw the replay again of that Cesc Fabregas goal and I could see it a million times again. Beautiful football.

    Kamso Obi: Fabregas is becoming a bigger embarrassment for Arsene Wenger with every passing week.

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    James McArthur hobbles off, the midfielder seemed to twist his ankle when under no pressure from anyone in particular. Adlene Guédioura is set to replace him but, for the moment, Palace have been reduced to nine men.

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    Loic Remy evades his defender and sets Cesc Fabregas loose down the left. The Spaniard with another dreamy pass, but Eden Hazard is a fraction late arriving in the box.

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    Crystal Palace's players not getting a sniff as Chelsea spray the ball around as if they're in a training session. Oh. A mistake from John Terry, but Thiabaut Courtois clears the danger before Fraizer Campbell can react.

  31. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Vishak: An all-in-all Cesc Fabregas goal that. Cheeky one-two and simple finish.

    Jared Moabe: When it's about Fabregas, it's always special. What a goal.

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    Chelsea content to play it out from the back, hoping to kill off the opposition through a thousand passes.

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    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

    "If anyone thinks Palace might struggle in the Premier League this season, think again. They have more than enough to be more than comfortable this campaign."

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    Jason Puncheon and Frazier Campbell combine nicely on the right to set Joe Ledley free. The Welshman finds Yannick Bolasie on the right wing and a cross from the overlapping Joel Ward calls John Terry into action. Corner Palace. Nice play.

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    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Magnificent piece of play from Chelsea for the goal, and all of a sudden Fabregas finds himself in acres of space one-on-one. And Fabregas did Speroni with his eyes. It's taken a while, but you do now feel this game is done and dusted. But Palace, under Neil Warnock, will keep on going - they've got hunger and they've got fight."

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    For possession, there's only one team in this and Palace have yet to enter the Chelsea end in this half.

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

    And 10-man Chelsea can surely now start to relax against 10-man Palace, who aren't defending as tigerishly in this half.

    By the way, Fabregas last scored in the Premier League in Arsenal colours, against Chelsea. The Spaniard scoring in a 3-1 win on 27 December 2010.

  38. GOAL

    Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea - Cesc Fabregas

    Cesc Fabregas

    A beautifully-crafted goal. Cesc Fabregas plays a one-two with Eden Hazard on the edge of the box and then with Oscar before placing the ball into the bottom corner for his first Premier League goal for Chelsea.

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Jose Mourinho has removed his overcoat which suggests the temperature has risen in south London. Eden Hazard in the thick of things at the start of this half.

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea spraying the ball around the pitch without making their way to the final third. Cesc Fabregas with a shot from distance... into the stand it goes.

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    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

    "There's no way the start of this second half could have matched the pace at the end of the first. There's a little lull as both sides work out how they're going to play with 10 men."

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Craig Pawson is refereeing just his 18th Premier League match and before today had not issued a red card.

  43. KICK-OFF

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    And we're off! A burst of sunshine in London. Can the second half match the first half for entertainment?

  44. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Nene Odonkor: Will Jose Mourinho play three at the back or play a 4-4-1? Trouble is, who does he substitute?

    Luke: Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta with two shocking challenges in as many games for Chelsea. Are the coaching staff teaching this?

    Chantage Choir: Chelsea best away fans? I can't even hear them. Ref having a poor game.

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    Peter Collins: Reckon Jose Mourinho should stick with three at the back. Trust them and hurt Palace, who also only have 10!

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    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

    "This game has been brilliant. I have seen Chelsea's opponents behave as if they're already beaten once they fall behind. That's certainly not been the case today.

    "The referee has had a running battle for half an hour. As far as Delaney, as soon as Remy span past him and he was turned he was having problems."

  47. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Timmy Tour: Could Crystal Palace v Chelsea see more red cards than there were penalties between Man City v Spurs?

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    Dave Sansom: Chelsea fan. No complaints regarding Azpilicueta's red. Ridiculous tackle.

    John A Amwoma: What a free-kick from Oscar!

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane

    Final Score

    "It was a brilliant turn from Loic Remy to get away from Damien Delaney. On the immediate turn Delaney puts his hand on Remy, there is not a lot of contact but then all of a sudden Remy goes over because he sees defenders coming in on the side of him. And then the referee has no option, because of the initial pull. Delaney knows he has pulled him but Remy takes advantage of the situation and goes over."


    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "The half-time whistle is greeted by boos from the Palace fans. It's 1-0 Chelsea but 10 against 10. All the fun of the fair.

    "Palace have had chances while Chelsea have played some lovely football but the talking points are two red cards - with no real arguments for either."


    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Two minutes of injury time so Cesc Fabregas slows the pace of the game, Chelsea retaining possession until the half-time whistle blows.

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    John Terry header

    Has Damien Delaney ruined Palace's chances in this match? John Terry goes close with the header, but the home team are surging forward in the latter stages of this half.

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    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Palace have always been in this game, even when it was 11 versus 11. But now with Delaney, the referee was left with no option. This game is being played with such passion and there's spiciness between the two sets of players."


    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea - Damien Delaney

    Oh my word! Red mist at Selhurst Park. Foolish from Damien Delaney, who was already on a yellow card. Loic Remy gets the better of the Palace defender, who responds by grabbing the Chelsea's striker shirt. An unnecessary challenge.

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    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's late and it's straight from Cesar Azpilicueta, that's the problem. There's no massive damage done but the problem is the way he made the tackle. He went in studs up, leading with his foot, and it was a straight tackle onto Jedinak. And the ball had gone too, so it was late."


    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea - Cesar Azpilicueta

    Cesar Azpilicueta gets a red card

    Cesar Azpilicueta with a late two-footed challenge on Mile Jedinak. The Chelsea defender lost possession, lost his cool and slid into Jedinak, leaving Craig Pawson with little option but to show the red card.

  57. CLOSE!

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Eden Hazard loses possession in his own half. Jason Puncheon collects and shoots from distance, forcing Thibaut Courtois into a palm-stinger of a save.

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Two managers with different interpretations of sartorial elegance. Jose Mourinho, cashmere scarf and Armani winter coat. Neil Warnock, white t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms. A slight lull with Chelsea content to keep possession in the middle of the pitch.

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea


    With half an hour gone Chelsea are keeping hold of the ball as if they own it. They're hardly allowing the home side a look at it.

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Cesc Fabregas has not been his influential self in this match, but that is perhaps because Palace aren't giving the Spaniard time to impose himself, while Oscar is proving to be the go-to man for the Blues.

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    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Half an hour has already gone in this game. 30 minutes? The time's just flown by!"

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Possession and territory belongs to Chelsea, but Palace are playing their part in an entertaining game.

    They're managing to get behind the Chelsea back four on a number of occasions and a long ball to Yannick Bolasie has Branislav Ivanovic backpedalling, with the Chelsea defender conceding a throw-in, much to his disappointment.

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Nemanja Matic has yet to find his shooting boots. The Serb takes aim from distance, but his effort is very very high and very very wide.


    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Oof! Damien Delaney brings down Loic Remy and this time referee Craig Pawson does show a yellow card. Delaney waves his finger at the official, as you'd expect.

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    A series of clumsy incidents. Mile Jedinak brings down Eden Hazard in the box, but the referee waves play on.

    At the other end of the pitch, captain John Terry makes contact with Fraizer Campbell, sending the striker tumbling to the turf. Both defenders get away with their dodgy interpretations of defending.

  66. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Edward Sanders: Atmosphere at this Crystal Palace v Chelsea game is stunning. Best away fans v best home fans?

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Excellent play by James McArthur as the midfielder picks out Yannick Bolasie on the left. Another moment of concern for the Chelsea defence... the Congolese international curls a cross-shot across the goal but Thibaut Courtois' outstretched hand saves the day for his team.

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Oscar gets the better of Martin Kelly down the left, but the former Liverpool defender somehow manages to backtrack and catches up with the Brazilian, who tumbles before he even reaches the box.

    Chelsea dominant, but unable to relax because of the pace Fraizer Campbell possesses.

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    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

    Willian of Chelsea

    "What a magnificent game of football so far. So much action in either goal mouth, so end-to-end. I've seen many games this season when Chelsea have taken the lead, and you can tell the opposition don't think they can get back in the game. But that's not the case today with this Palace performance."

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Cesc Fabregas with a stray pass in the middle of the pitch. Yep, the Spaniard dithering in the centre circle. Incredible. It matters little, though, as the ball eventually finds its way to a yellow shirt and the visitors are camped in opposition territory.

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Cesc Fabregas picks out Eden Hazard, whose driving shot is deflected from a corner. Fabregas with a canny corner, low and across goal, and the Palace defence needs to be alert to boot it clear.

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Neil Warnock is shouting something from the touchline, perhaps unhappy that Frazier Campbell has been penalised for a rash-looking tackle.

    Chelsea regain possession and Willian unleashes a dangerous-looking shot from distance which fails to hit the target.

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Fraizer Campbell shoots

    Fraizer Campbell is again Palace's danger man. The former Cardiff striker weaves his way into the box, a shuffle of the hips and he's away from Gary Cahill - but he drags the shot across goal. Maybe he could have picked out a team-mate.

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    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I worry about Chelsea defensively when someone with raw pace gets at them. Twice already Fraizer Campbell has got in behind them. It's all about what line the defence holds and whether keeper Thibaut Courtois narrows that gap."

  75. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Julian Croker: The Chelsea goalscoring mantle has passed almost anagrammatically from Diego Costa to Oscar.

    Mr Hammond: Exactly like Oscar did against Stoke City in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.

  76. CLOSE!

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Crystal Palace opt for the long ball and it nearly pays off as Gary Cahill dithers, allows the ball to bounce and the lurking Fraizer Campbell sneaks in behind him. Luckily for the England defender, Campbell's lob lands on the roof of the net.

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea continue to monopolise possession. Oscar dictating play and he tries to create an overlap with the ever-willing Branislav Ivanovic, but Julian Speroni comes off his line to steal the ball.

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    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Jose Mourinho is secure in the knowledge that in his squad are solutions to any problems that might occur. He knows who he's got up front, and we all know Loic Remy can play the way that Chelsea play. When he's come on he's done well, so why worry about Remy stepping in for Diego Costa? I'm sure he'll be fine."

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    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live


    "Wow. Wow! That was an incredible free-kick, up and over the wall and into the far side netting. The ball moves a yard in the air and the keeper Speroni just can't get across. It's all about the pace and the whip on that ball. That arrowed diagonally into the far corner, and it's a wonderful, wonderful goal."

  80. GOAL

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea - Oscar

    A fabulous free-kick by the Brazilian. Oscar steps up as the visitors are awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box, to the right of goal, and he brilliantly negotiates the wall and finds the top-left corner for his third goal of the season.

    Oscar goal
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    Crystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea in trouble as Fraizer Campbell attacks down the left, causing the Chelsea defence to wobble. Thibaut Courtois comes off his line quickly to snuffle the danger.

    A corner to Palace, which comes to nothing as Thibaut Courtois punches away Jason Puncheon's corner.

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    Crystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea

    It's all Chelsea, yellow-shirted players finding each other on the egde of the box, but up steps Nemanja Matic and the Chelsea man produces a scuffed daisy-cutter of a shot.

  83. KICK-OFF

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea

    Loic Remy passes to Oscar to start the match and Chelsea keeping possession nicely in this opening minute.

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    Jose Mourinho

    Neil Warnock is the last to emerge from the tunnel, a bottle of water in hand. No jumpers or jacket for the Palace boss, who is wearing a t-shirt on what must be a balmy afternoon in London. A handshake between the bosses. A smile from Jose Mourinho. Jovial stuff on the touchline.

  85. Teenage kicks

    One extra bit of team news for you, on the Chelsea bench today is Dominic Solanke, a 17-year-old striker who was youth team top scorer last season when a schoolboy.

  86. Five minutes until kick-offf

    While they wait for the Chelsea squad to emerge from their dressing room, the Palace boys are fist-pumping and flaring their nostrils in the corridor. In the stands, the fans are creating a raucous atmosphere as they wait for the teams to walk out onto the pitch.

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    Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at Selhurst Park

    "If Palace can repeat their feat of last March and beat Chelsea in successive league games for the first time in over 32 years, it will be Neil Warnock's 50th win as Palace manager over his two spells in charge.

    "This is his seventh game back and just the sort he'd have thought about when offered the chance to get back into management.

    "The Yorkshireman has never hidden his enthusiasm for pitting his wits against the biggest in the game, and a touchline tussle with Jose Mourinho is something he'll relish - in the right way of course. Warnock this week said the Chelsea boss was "the next best thing" to his own idol, Brian Clough."

  88. A Costa-ly mistake?

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wasn't too happy with the Spanish FA after Costa played all but eight minutes of Spain's two Euro 2016 qualifiers.

    The Premier League's leading scorer isn't even on the substitutes' bench this afternoon so we will see how the Blues cope without a striker who has scored nine goals already this season.

  89. Team news

    Red-hot striker Diego Costa misses out for Chelsea, so Loic Remy starts up front in what is his first league start and Willian is also in. Palace make one change - Brede Hangeland replaces the injured Scott Dann.

    Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Hangeland, Delaney, Ward, Bolasie, Jedinak, McArthur, Ledley, Puncheon, Campbell.

    Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy.

  90. Terry is Chelsea's leading man

    It was John Terry's own goal which led to last season's defeat at Selhurst Park, but the Chelsea captain has long since bounced back from such disappointment and is today leading his team for a 500th time. 500!

    John Terry

    The centre-back also equals Frank Lampard's record of 429 Premier League games for the club.

    Terry and his team-mates have returned to the dressing room after their pre-match warm-up which means play will be under way soon. In about 15 minutes, to be exact.

  91. Will history repeat itself?

    Crystal Palace beat Chelsea in their last league game - the Stamford Bridge club's title challenge coming undone with that 1-0 defeat in March. Have Chelsea learnt their lesson?

    "My lesson, in that specific game, was not a lesson. It was one on of these games I deserved to lose. When I deserve to lose, I know why I lose," said Mourinho of that match. Lesson learnt then.

  92. Chelsea leading the way

    John Terry

    Enough about the aristocracy and the British class system, can Premier League newcomers Palace, Chelsea's poorer London neighbours, stop the multimillionaires who hang out on the King's Road?

    The league leaders were in formidable form before the international break and since Jose Mourinho returned to the club as manager on the eve of the 2013-14 season, Chelsea have kept 21 clean sheets, more than any other side in the Premier League.

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    Oh, and one final thing about Warnock. He's a renaissance man, the sort who sheds a salty tear while watching Downton Abbey.

    "I like period dramas and I cry at films a lot. I love watching The Way We Were (starring Streisand and Robert Redford)," he told Henry Winter. "The kids love it when I'm slobbering away."

    Downton Abbey

    (Disclaimer: I'm afraid there was no time to create a meme or mock up a picture of Warnock, popcorn balancing on his belly, blubbering while watching a period drama.)

  94. They call him mellow Neil...

    But Neil Warnock has mellowed with age and is no longer the sort of man who starts a feud, with the Palace boss saying "life is too short".

    The 65-year-old has also been gushing about today's opponents, likening Mourinho to former Nottingham Forest and Derby boss Brian Clough.

    "My idol growing up was Cloughie and Jose is the next best thing," Warnock told the Daily Telegraph. "To get players on that sort of money, with those reputations, to run through a brick wall is not easy but Jose gets them to do it."

    Neil Warnock
  95. Mourinho to do the same again

    Aston Villa assistant Roy Keane described the Chelsea boss as a "disgrace" for offering his hand before the final whistle had brought an end to Chelsea's match against Aston Villa at the end of September.

    Mourinho's response to Keane and Villa manager Paul Lambert? He would do the same again, so be prepared Neil Warnock.

    "I appreciate the comments," said the Chelsea boss when asked about Keane and Lambert. "I think they are both two great examples of polite and very well-educated people, and because I'm a humble guy who tries to learn every day and with every experience, I appreciate the comments."

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    To shake or not to shake? To wait until full-time or get formalities out of the way and quickly head to the dressing room to make sure your players have enough bubbles in their baths?

    Jose Mourinho (left) attempts to shake hands with Roy Keane

    To retaliate when an old foe shoves you on the touchline or keep your cool during a touchline spat?

    Arsene Wenger (left) and Jose Mourinho

    However Jose Mourinho decides to behave today with the spiky Neil Warnock in the opposition dugout, he will remain humble. Always humble.