live streaming crystal palace vs chelsea epl 2018
Crystal Palace followed up their memorable away victory against Manchester City with a goalless draw at home to Cardiff to make it just two defeats in six league matches (W3, D1, L2). However, with Chelsea up next, the ‘Eagles’ will be keen to improve on their record of just two wins against any of the current top-ten sides this season (W2, D2, L6).
For fans at Selhurst Park, games so far have often been a drab affair to endure. Palace have scored just 29% of their league goals at home this season and have drawn a blank on six occasions already. It is therefore no surprise that all four of their home league defeats have been ‘to nil’.
After going undefeated in their opening 12 league matches, Chelsea have slumped to three defeats in their previous seven league matches (W4, L3). Despite their dip in form, they travel to Selhurst Park boasting an away record over-shadowed by only the PL’s top two teams (W6, D1, L2). Key to their away success has been their ability to ‘strike first’. ‘The Blues’ have scored the opening goal in seven of their nine away league matches.
Chelsea have bettered their opponents in the last five H2H encounters (W3, L2). Interestingly though, ten of the 14 match goals scored in those five matches came before half-time.
Players to watch: Only Bournemouth have scored more penalties than Crystal Palace this season (four), and Luka Milivojević has scored them all, taking his league tally to five for the season.
Eden Hazard’s brace at Watford on Boxing Day made it four goals in four games for the ever-lethal Belgium star.
Stat attack: Crystal Palace have conceded 72% of their goals in the second half.
Chelsea have scored 35% of their league goals after the 75th minute.
Six of the last 11 H2H matches have finished 2-1.
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Referee: Pawson C. (Eng),
Venue: Selhurst Park (London)
Craig Pawson got the nomination for today’s game and will try his best to be a fair judge and not make any mistakes.
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