Chelsea v Palace

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  • Crystal Palace look to continue their recent good form in the Premier League
  • Tony Pulis makes one change from the team which beat Cardiff 2-0 last weekend
  • Jose Mourinho's Chelsea have struggling for consistency this season but are virtually unbeatable at Stamford Bridge

5:01pm

The Eagles left to rue missed chances in the second half but if it weren't for Speroni and some embarassing profligacy from Chelsea at the other end the Blues could have been out of sight as some of the home fans register their disapproval with a few boos at the end there. That's all from us here.

4:53pm

2-1 Chelsea it is but what a performance from Palace in the second half. The away fans stand and applaud as one as their team are now showing some real fight under Tony Pulis.

4:51pm

Chelsea look like they're going to hang on for a barely deserved win here.

4:50pm

That's not going to do it as Chech plucks Puncheon's cross out of the air. David Luiz had earlier smashed a freekick straight into Bolasie's head as he stood tall in the wall for the visitors.

4:49pm

Four minutes of extra time for Palace to salvage something...

4:47pm

Dwight Gayle replaces Chamakh but it's an astounding miss from Ramires AGAIN as a stunning Speroni double save is followed by Chelsea's number 7 shanking the ball miles wide.

4:44pm

Superb again from Speroni as he denies Ramires one-on-one. The Brazilian really fluffed his lines there though, scuffing the ball tamely sideways has he tried to shoot.

4:41pm

News Shopper:

Schurrle ready to go on replacing Willian. Perhaps the German can come up with something to ease the home fans' jitters.

4:38pm

4:36pm

Ivanovic bundled that away in the end but Palace are having a storming second half.

4:36pm

Chaos in the Blues' penalty area as O'Keefe's shot is saved before the substitute has a hack at the rebound with bodies everywhere to crowd him out. Delaney then heads wide at the near post after an Eagles corner.

4:34pm

Oscar should have done more as the ball broke to him in the box with only Speroni to beat but the Palace stopper guesses the right way and blocks his sidefooted effort.

4:33pm

...but he's hobbling around now just as Chelsea nearly score.

4:32pm

The mighty Maroune is down...

4:32pm

More Palace pressure and David Luiz hoofs the ball out to a waiting Mourinho in the technical area. 

4:28pm

Delaney heads over Puncheon's testing set piece and the Eagles have been putting up a real fight in the last 10 minutes.

4:27pm

Clattenburg books Invanovic for tripping Chamakh and Palace have a free kick in a decent position.

4:26pm

4:25pm

4:21pm

Puncheon does really well to find Boloise with a cross from the left which the midfielder heads well over when he should have done much better - Palace's number 13 put that right on his noggin.

4:20pm

Oscar is about to come on for the home side and it's Mata being withdrawn with just over an hour gone.

4:17pm

News Shopper:

Big Maroune about to throw himself into another tackle as Mourinho looks on.

4:16pm

Palace freekick and Puncheon finds Delaney but his header is straight at Chech.

4:12pm

End-to-end all of a sudden as a Chelsea break is followed by Palace bursting upfield and Puncheon testing Chech.

4:10pm

Camerone Jerome just shot powerfully over avoiding a late attempted block by John Terry.

4:09pm

Yannick Bolasie is on for Barry Bannan as Tony Pulis looks to inject more pace into the Eagles' midfield.

4:07pm

Mata has had two efforts at goal in the space of a minute both of which were blocked in part by Damien Delaney.

4:04pm

Second half is underway here at Stamford Bridge.

3:48pm

2-1 it remains after 45 minutes and that's about fair. Should be chances for more goals at either end given the porous backlines these two have.

3:46pm

3:43pm

Chamakh scythes down Essien right in front of Mourinho and Clattenberg is straight in with the yellow. You can't take your eyes of Maroune at the moment - for one reason or another.

3:41pm

Hazard robs Mariappa as he trys to shepherd the ball out before finding Willianin the box whose sidefoot shot is well held by Speroni. 41 minutes gone.

3:39pm

News Shopper:

Chants of "Maroune Chamakh - he scores when he wants" replaced by "2-1 and you still don't sing" from the Palace faithful after Ramires' goal.

3:35pm

2-1 and Chelsea go back in front. Ramires lets fly from the edge of the box after Hazard tees him up. Lovely finish curling away from Speroni.

3:32pm

Chelsea will feel they should have cut out that cross before it got to Chamakh. Just as Torres took the Blues' first real chance, the Morrocan has for the visitors.

3:30pm

1-1 and that came from nowhere. Joe Ward's cross from the left is turned in by man-of-the-moment Maroune Chamakh.

3:28pm

The Eagles do get some possession and Jerome takes his chance to shoot from outside the box but it's straight at Petr Chech.

3:27pm

Essien shoots some way wide from distance and Palace aren't seeing any of the ball at the moment.

3:26pm

Kagisho Dikgacoi is off after just 25 minutes to be replaced by Stuart O'Keefe. Must be tactical from Pulis as he rejigs his midfield.

3:24pm

News Shopper:

Tony Pulis marshalls his troops.

3:21pm

Jitters for the Eagles as Torres bursts free down the right but turns into trouble in the box. Branislav Ivanovic then has a go down the same flank and shoots not far wide of Speroni's far post.

3:18pm

Eighteen minutes gone and Palace had looked untroubled until the home side scored with their first real chance.

3:16pm

1-0 Chelsea and it's the aforementioned Torres who gets it. Willian's shot came off Speroni's lefthand post and the Spaniard was the quickest to react.

3:14pm

Nothing much for referee Mark Clattenberg to do at the moment and he can be reassured there's no John Obi Mikel on the field...for now.

3:13pm

Chamakh looks really up for it today. What price a goal today to outshine fellow misfit Fernando Torres?

3:09pm

Mata sends over the first corner of the game for either side but a towering header from captain Jedinak Mile Jedinak saves Palace from any bother.

3:07pm

3:03pm

Camerone Jerome just nutmegged David Luiz but couldn't hold onto the ball.

3:01pm

3:00pm

We're underway at the Bridge and Palace have an early throw deep in Chelsea's half.

2:59pm

Eagles subs: Price, Parr, O'Keefe, Williams, Gayle, Kebe, Bolasie.

2:59pm

Palace start with: Speroni, Mariappa, Delaney, Gabbidon, Ward, Jedinak, KG, Bannan, Puncheon, Chamakh, Jerome.

2:58pm

Welcome to Chelsea v Palace live at Stamford Bridge. We'll be blogging live for the next 90 minutes.

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