Chelsea managed a narrow 2-1 victory over struggling Crystal Palace as they continue their surge for a place in the top four this season. This looks unlikely as Tottenham Hotspurs (the closest rival in 4th position) moved into 3rd place above Liverpool with a comfortable (convincing) 1-4 away with at hard working AFC Bournemouth side.
Liverpool on their own are not relenting as their front three comprising of Mohammed Salah, Robert Firmino and Sadio Mane suggest as they continue to bang in goals without restriction (will full confidence) as seen in the 5-0 demolition of Portuguese giants FC Porto.
This leaves Chelsea with a huge task ahead in the season to make the top four by any possible means.
With Chelsea’s win, we take a look at certain features and match (some) statistics as regards to the match at the Bridge.
Shots on target
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The Blues dominated the attacking front as they tested the Palace goal on numerous occasions. This prompted the Palace’s goalkeeper to make series of save to keep the match at 2-1.
This was evident as the likes of Hazard Willian and Alonso tested the visitor’s goal. This saw William with the breakthrough goal as Chelsea led 1-0 in the 25th minutes.
Shots Off Target
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Chelsea was explosive going forward as the likes of Willian and Eden Hazard made it difficult for the visitors with their flair and dynamism in the final third. This clearly shows Chelsea dominance as they went into the half-time break 2-0 up.
This was made possible in the space of 7 minutes as Willian and an own goal from former Liverpool defender Martin Kelly set the tone for Chelsea 2-1 home win.
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Antonio Conte and his side had more of the ball (possession) as Crystal Palace chased the match for most of the contest.
This is clearly evident in the stats above as Chelsea controlled 64% of the ball as compared to Crystal Palace 36% in the game.
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Chelsea’s technical superiority paved the way for them against the visitors as they had 11 corner-kicks in the match. This is three times more than what Crystal Palace had in the match as they recorded only 3 corners. This is a result of Chelsea attacking threat as Cesc Fabregas assumed duty (delivery) on the corner-flag.
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Chelsea and Crystal Palace were flagged offside on two occasions as both teams competed effectively against each other.
This is hinged on the runs of center forward Olivier Giroud and Christian Benteke as forward (substitute) Alvaro Morata probably rested for the showdown with Barcelona came on the add more gloss to the scoreline for Chelsea.
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Both teams cumulated about 8 + 9 = 17 fouls as physical challenges ensued between both teams.
Chelsea is struggling for a place in the top four while Crystal Palace is trying to ward off from relegation as the season gradually draws to a close. Chelsea committed 8 fouls as compared to Palace 9 in the entire 90 minutes.
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The Blues was booked once as (Alvaro) Morata received a yellow card in the 86th minutes of the clash after replacing French striker Olivier Giroud. Palace got 2 bookings as James Tomkins and goal scorer Patrick Van Aanholt were booked in the 86th and 89th minute of the match respectively.
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Both teams forced each other in desperate defending as three points where up for grabs in the match.
This got Chelsea exerting higher pressure towards the opposing goal as Palace conceded 12 goal-kicks to Chelsea’s 11 goal-kicks in the entire match.