Chelsea vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Premier League updates

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Chelsea host Patrick Vieira’s new-look Crystal Palace in the Premier League this afternoon.

Thomas Tuchel’s side played 120 minutes in midweek as they lifted the Uefa Super Cup in Belfast, with the head coach admitting the scenario was far from ideal in regards to his players’ physical fitness. Several key players did start on the bench, though, and the European champions head into the new season bursting with confidence. Considered the greatest threat to Manchester City’s Premier League crown, the Blues’ squad has been significantly bolstered by the £97.5m signing of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan, however, the striker will not be available this afternoon.

Crystal Palace, meanwhile, are entering uncharted territory with new manager Patrick Vieira at the helm. The Eagles have undergone a major overhaul this summer, with Roy Hodgson and a raft of senior players leaving the cub. They have invested heavily, too, after American businessman John Textor acquired an £87.5m stake in the club. Marc Guehi has been the club’s headline signing of the window, and the centre-back is in line to make his Palace debut against his former club. Follow all the action live below:

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Kick-off at 3pm at Stamford BridgeChelsea XI: Mendy, Chalobah, Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pulisic, Werner, MountPalace XI: Guaita, Ward, Kouyate, Guehi, Mitchell, Riedewald, McArthur, Schlupp, Ayew, Mateta, ZahaAlonso free-kick opens scoring for Chelsea in first halfOpportunistic Pulisic doubles Blues’ lead with reboundShow latest update

Premier League: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

Half time at Stamford Bridge.

Very, very comfortably stuff here from the home side. Crystal Palace been nothing short of awful.

Wonderfully executed free kick from Alonso to give Chelsea the lead, and Pulisic adding the second was more than deserved.

Chelsea defenders Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Trevoh Chalobah have hardly had a kick of the ball, as the entire half was played in Palace’s half of the pitch.

Alonso is getting acres of space down the right hand side, and no one from the opposition seems to be tracking the left-back.

This could get a lot worse for Patrick Vieira and co. in the second half.

Emmet Gates14 August 2021 15:51


Premier League: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

45 min: Alonso getting oceans of space on the left hand side throughout this half.

Emmet Gates14 August 2021 15:47


Premier League: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

44 min: A chance for Werner to make it three, as the German tries to divert Alonso’s cross into the bottom corner, but he can’t get enough direction on the effort, and it hits the side netting.

Emmet Gates14 August 2021 15:46


GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace (Pulisic ‘40 ⚽)

Chelsea do eventually double their advantage. A nice give-and-go involving Mount down the right hand side results in his cross being parried out by the Palace goalkeeper, and Pulisic follows in and his effort loops over the Palace defenders and in off the underside of the crossbar.

Thoroughly deserved, a long way back for the away side now.

Emmet Gates14 August 2021 15:44


Premier League: Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace

33 min: Another set piece for Chelsea, but this is in a more central position, so perhaps Alonso won’t take it.

Mount takes the free kick, but it hits the wall.

Emmet Gates14 August 2021 15:35


Premier League: Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace

31 min: Chelsea seeking to double their advantage now, applying the pressure to the Palace defense.

Timo Werner has done a lot of selfless running so far in this half, but it’s taken him further away from goal.

Emmet Gates14 August 2021 15:33


GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace (Alonso ‘27 ⚽)

Goal! From the resulting free kick, Marcos Alonso curls the free kick into the top corner of the Palace goal to give Chelsea the lead.

Emmet Gates14 August 2021 15:29


Premier League: Chelsea 0-0 Crystal Palace

26 min: Chelsea awarded a free kick in a dangerous area, as they seek to break down the Palace barriers.

Emmet Gates14 August 2021 15:27


Premier League: Chelsea 0-0 Crystal Palace

20 min: And weathered the storm they have. Chelsea’s early pressure has subsided, for now.

Emmet Gates14 August 2021 15:22


Premier League: Chelsea 0-0 Crystal Palace

15 min: A free kick down the left-hand side from Mount is punched out by Guaita and out for a corner.

Can Palace weather this storm?

Emmet Gates14 August 2021 15:16


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