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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace LIVE!

Graham Potter claimed a crucial win in a Premier League London derby at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. New signing Mykhaylo Mudryk watched on from the stands and was presented to fans at half-time after Chelsea beat Arsenal to a sensational £89million transfer on Saturday, with heartfelt tributes also paid to Gianluca Vialli in the club’s first home match since the Italian legend’s sad passing from cancer earlier this month.

Potter was already battling to save his job after three straight defeats and Chelsea’s worst top-flight run since 1996, making five changes from the derby loss at Fulham including a debut for £35m arrival Benoit Badiashile in defence. And that approach just about paid off, with Kai Havertz rising to net the only goal of the game four minutes after the hour mark.

The Blues have now won all of the last 12 meetings between these capital rivals, with Palace bang out of form after a fourth defeat in five league matches. Follow Chelsea vs Crystal Palace reaction live below, with expert analysis from Nizaar Kinsella at the ground.

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace latest news

  • GOAL! Havertz seals win with header

  • New Chelsea signing Mudryk unveiled at break

  • Emotional tributes paid to Gianluca Vialli

Chelsea FC 1 - 0 Crystal Palace FC

Patrick Vieira reaction

16:56 , George Flood

“This was a performance where I am really pleased with the attitude and discipline,” the Palace boss told BBC Sport. “We played a really good game of football and to leave with nothing is hard for us but this is a period where we are.

“We did enough to score goals. The game could have finished 2-2 but we shouldn’t have lost the game, we shouldn’t have conceded on set pieces.

“Both goalkeepers made some really big saves. Unlucky for us we couldn’t score today.

“I am concerned because you want to win and take points and go higher in the table. I was happy with what we showed today but th other side is frustration because of a performance like that we should have taken something from the game.

“I was really frustrated with the referee. When you play a football match you expect to be treated with respect and you expect to be treated the same way as the opposition team and today I think the referee was not at his best. A lot of important decisions went against us and I will defend the football club because I want the club to have more respect than we had today.”

Potter on crucial win

16:54 , George Flood

“Today we are happy for the three points. Overall we played quite well, they had their moments as well but today was about getting the victory - park it as three valuable points against a team that was pushing as well.

“We try to play well and I thought at times we did, you have to understand the context of the situation we are in so it isn’t going to be sensational football all the time. The boys have worked hard.”

Potter on Mudryk signing

16:53 , George Flood

“He is a young player with exciting quality in the final third. He is very fast and direct and I think the crowd will like him.”

Zakaria injury update

16:35 , George Flood

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Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

16:35 , George Flood

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is among the players doing a training session on the pitch after the match. An unused sub today so he nears his return.

Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

16:35 , George Flood

Relief. Chelsea end their three-game losing run and are now level on points with Liverpool but still in tenth.

Not a brilliant display but the players battled incredibly hard to get over the line, showing they still respond to Potter.

Stat attack

16:05 , George Flood

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15:59 , George Flood

Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace

A huge, huge win for Graham Potter sealed by a Kai Havertz header.

Boy did they need that. Not convincing by any means and they made hard work of it, but they will take it all day long.

15:58 , George Flood

97 mins: Chelsea are under siege in the dying moments but it’s stellar defending from Thiago Silva.

The evergreen Brazilian has been imperious at the back today.

Edouard with a chance, but he’s under pressure from Chalobah and runs out of room!

That will surely be it.

15:56 , George Flood

95 mins: Palace in the last-chance saloon as they pile on more late pressure, but Silva, Badiashile and Azpilicueta are helping the Blues to stand firm... for now.

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93 mins: Such a criminal waste of a free-kick from Palace won by Zaha off Jorginho.

Aubameyang, who has looked sharp since coming on, then forces Guaita into a save at the other end.

15:50 , George Flood

89 mins: Another double change from Potter, who sends on Azpilicueta and Kovacic for Ziyech and goalscorer Havertz.

SEVEN minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official.

A grandstand finish awaits as Palace push for a late equaliser.

Nervy times ahead for Chelsea fans...

15:47 , George Flood

86 mins: Palace are piling on the late pressure with a corner.

Guehi into the book for picking up Gallagher after the Chelsea midfielder went down, getting abuse from the travelling fans who accused him of time-wasting.

Edouard effort wide.

Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

15:46 , George Flood

Incredibly, David Datro Fofana has twice readied himself for his Premier League debut only to be told to sit back down. Crystal Palace are battling for the equaliser.

15:46 , George Flood

85 mins: Another sprawling Kepa save!

This time he’s at full stretch to divert Doucoure’s brilliantly-struck volley from outside the box behind.

This game is far from over...

15:44 , George Flood

84 mins: Gallagher exacts some revenge with a cynical trip on Clyne that earns him a booking now.

Up to seven in the match in total.

15:43 , George Flood

82 mins: Booking number five for Palace - including the manager - and Gallagher again the victim as he is taken down by substitute Hughes.

No question that’s a yellow.

15:41 , George Flood

80 mins: That was the chance for Havertz to double his tally and put this game to bed!

Chelsea fire the ball back into the box after the free-kick and Mount’s cross is nodded wide of the back stick by the German.

Potter will pray that isn’t too costly.

15:40 , George Flood

78 mins: Vieira is miles out of his technical area protesting another free-kick decision against Doucoure, who is lucky to be on the pitch.

He is spoken to by fourth official Darren Bond before being shown a yellow card by referee Bankes.

15:37 , George Flood

75 mins: That doesn’t look serious for Hall, perhaps a touch of cramp.

He is coming off though, to a standing ovation at Stamford Bridge.

On comes Koulibaly. I think Datro Fofana will be coming on soon too.

15:35 , George Flood

73 mins: All sorts going on at the Bridge as Mateta charges forward but is denied a free-kick after a challenge by Silva.

At the other end, Hall picks out Aubameyang with a peach of a cross, only for Guehi to get across and make a crucial last-ditch challenge.

Hall has gone down now. Koulibaly preparing to come on for Chelsea.

15:33 , George Flood

Huge relief for Chelsea, Graham Potter and Kai Havertz...

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15:32 , George Flood

71 mins: Doucoure is walking a disciplinary tightrope here, by the way.

He’s already on a yellow and stood on the foot of Gallagher with another iffy challenge a few moments ago.

15:31 , George Flood

70 mins: Chelsea almost in for a second as Jorginho looks to slide in Aubameyang and the former Arsenal captain gets a lucky ricochet from the attempted sliding challenge of Tomkins, but Guaita is out to smother.

The Spaniard earns a very fortunate free-kick.

15:30 , George Flood

69 mins: Ayew, Schlupp and Eze off for Palace.

On come Edouard, Hughes and Mateta.

15:29 , George Flood

67 mins: Simple enough for Kepa as Palace try to force a swift equaliser.

A triple change is imminent from Vieira.

Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

15:27 , George Flood

Chants of ‘we are staying up’ from Chelsea’s Matthew Harding End. You’ve got to admire their sense of humour amid a minor crisis on the pitch.

GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace | Kai Havertz 64'

15:24 , George Flood

64 mins: A massive goal for Graham Potter!

Aubameyang involved as Chelsea earn another corner, with Mount’s deflected cross going behind.

From the resulting short corner, Ziyech whips in a great delivery that Havertz rises to head home beyond Guaita.

Potter looks delighted. Massive for Chelsea.

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15:22 , George Flood

61 mins: Chelsea’s first change of the afternoon comes just after the hour mark.

Potter sends on Aubameyang in place of Chukwuemeka, whose first Premier League start for Chelsea is over.

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60 mins: Gallagher wants a penalty after failing to bring down a difficult bouncing ball and tangling with Schlupp.

That was never a foul and referee Bankes isn’t remotely interested.

15:17 , George Flood

57 mins: Keepers still very much on top here, with Havertz in the thick of the action for Chelsea, forcing a simple enough save from Guaita at the front post.

Chelsea had been applying more pressure before that, with a slight touch from Havertz inside the box not enough.

15:15 , George Flood

55 mins: That’s a dismal pass from Gallagher that puts Badiashile in all sorts of trouble.

Olise takes charge for Palace and slides in Zaha, whose powerful attempt from a tight angle is parried by Kepa.

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15:14 , George Flood

It has been a quiet start to the second half, so much so that Mykhaylo Mudryk was on his phone when the cameras picked him out in the crowd.

He has just been out on the pitch and is probably checking out whether his social media followers have grown since his big money move.

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15:13 , George Flood

51 mins: Such a needless challenge from Eze on Silva and he becomes the third Palace player to have his name taken by referee Peter Bankes this afternoon - joining Doucoure and Clyne.

15:11 , George Flood

48 mins: A slow start to the second half from Chelsea as Jorginho is booked for bringing down Olise.

Guehi also fouls Havertz and offers the chance for a Blues ball into the box, but it’s cleared.

Mudryk handed no15 shirt at Chelsea

15:09 , George Flood

Mudryk, by the way, has been handed the no15 shirt at Chelsea. That number has been vacant since Kurt Zouma’s departure to West Ham.

It was previously worn by the likes of Didier Drogba, Mo Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, Florent Malouda, Victor Moses and Mario Melchiot.

“We are delighted to welcome Mykhaylo to Chelsea,” said co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali.

“He’s a hugely exciting talent who we believe will be a terrific addition to our squad both now and in the years to come. He will add further depth to our attack and we know he’ll get a very warm welcome to London.”

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15:06 , George Flood

46 mins: Chalobah is hurt after being caught by a stray arm to the face from Ayew, who pleads his innocence.

Second half

15:04 , George Flood

Back underway at Stamford Bridge!

No changes from either Potter or Vieira at the interval.

Mudryk presented to Chelsea fans

14:58 , George Flood

A great reception for Mykhaylo Mudryk as he does indeed walk out onto the Stamford Bridge pitch at half-time, draped in the flag of his native Ukraine.

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14:56 , George Flood

Sounds like Mudryk will be unveiled at half-time, reports Nizaar Kinsella from the Bridge...



14:52 , George Flood

Chelsea 0-0 Crystal Palace

No goals yet but no shortage of action and chances at Stamford Bridge.

Kepa and Guaita both in fine form to keep the deadlock intact.

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14:51 , George Flood

47 mins: Another cracking save from Guaita to tip Ziyech’s late, late first-half effort over the bar.

Palace were torn open again there.

There was also a tremendous stop before that from Kepa to keep out Schlupp’s flicked header at the front post.

Both Spanish goalkeepers showing out just before the break!

14:48 , George Flood

45 mins: Suddenly Palace spring forward and apply pressure as we head into two minutes of additional time at the end of this first half.

Chalobah deflects Ayew’s shot behind, but a poor corner is promptly cleared.

Now Chelsea race forward on the counter...

14:46 , George Flood

44 mins: Make that eight Chelsea corners now, but still they can’t make proper use of them.

Good work from Eze to win a pressure-relieving free-kick for Palace over on the far side.

14:45 , George Flood

42 mins: Clyne joins Doucoure in the book after a mistimed challenge on Mount.

The former Liverpool right-back then concedes a corner - Chelsea’s seventh of this first half in total.

14:44 , George Flood

40 mins: Big chance for Chelsea!

Ziyech does well to release Gallagher down the right-hand channel, with his ball to the back post fired on target well from a tough angle by Hall.

A goal kick is given, but that definitely goes down as a Guaita save off his heel.

14:43 , George Flood

39 mins: Half-chances for Chelsea but they can’t get a shot away.

Palace try to set Zaha free on the counter, but debutant Badiashile earns a free-kick after a spot of wrestling.

14:39 , George Flood

36 mins: A huge blow for Palace here as Andersen has gone down and needs treatment.

He won’t be able to continue.

James Tomkins is coming on as the Dane’s replacement.

14:37 , George Flood

33 mins: Brilliant play from Chukwuemeka, who has looked very impressive at times in this first half.

He fires a ball to the back post, where Ziyech just takes his eye off it before lashing it behind off the hand of Mitchell.

Muted appeals for a penalty, but that was never going to be given. It hit the Palace left-back at point-blank range.

14:36 , George Flood

31 mins: Palace force a corner at one end but there’s a brilliant clearing header from Silva.

At the other, Ziyech curls a fantastic left-footed cross to the back post, where the ball bounces over off the head of Havertz, who looked offside.

If he wasn’t, that was a massive chance for Chelsea.


Done deal! Chelsea announce Mudryk signing

14:34 , George Flood

Chelsea, by the way, have now officially confirmed the signing of Mykhaylo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

He has put pen to paper on a mammoth eight-and-a-half year contract at Stamford Bridge until 2031.

Chelsea will hope he could make his debut against Liverpool at Anfield next weekend.

“I’m so happy to sign for Chelsea,” Mudryk said.

“This is a huge club, in a fantastic league and it is a very attractive project for me at this stage of my career. I’m excited to meet my new team-mates and I’m looking forward to working and learning under Graham Potter and his staff.”


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28 mins: That’s a missed opportunity for Mount after he declines to cut back from the byline and instead fires a ball into the six-yard box that is gobbled up gratefully by Guaita.

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27 mins: Gallagher is a real livewire from midfield at the moment against the club for whom he starred on loan last season.

He leaves Mitchell in his wake with a great run down the right flank, cutting along the byline before Schlupp tackles for a corner.

Palace clear.

14:28 , George Flood

25 mins: The first yellow card of this London derby rightly goes to Doucoure, who is in the book for a very poor challenge on Gallagher in the middle of the park.

He can have no complaints with that.

Gallagher back on his feet quickly.

14:27 , George Flood

24 mins: Havertz earns another Chelsea corner off Andersen.

Silva then engages in a spot of head tennis before lashing a low half-volley that is brilliantly tipped away by Guaita in the Crystal Palace goal.

So close for the Blues, but the offside flag is now up. That would not have counted.

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14:24 , George Flood

Crystal Palace might be the sideshow to a chaotic Chelsea but they’ve started well and forced Kepa into two good saves.

Tyrick Mitchell and Michael Olise with the efforts.


14:23 , George Flood

20 mins: This is a terrific spell for Palace.

Olise controls a lofted pass on his chest and waits for the ball to sit up nicely, then smashing a left-footed half-volley that Kepa has to divert wide at full stretch.

Palace can’t make anything of the resulting corner.

14:21 , George Flood

18 mins: Chaos in the Chelsea box after more fine play from Olise!

Kepa is all over the place, but he does well to keep out Mitchell’s close-range attempt at the back post.

The home defence at sixes and sevens there. Palace fans growing in voice.

14:19 , George Flood

15 mins: Further brief flurries at both ends but no clear-cut chances to speak of just yet at Stamford Bridge.

Both sides with fluid systems in this early going.

Mount, Chukwuemeka and Gallagher are all rotating a lot for Chelsea, while it’s the same for Ayew and Olise behind Zaha.

Farewell to a true Chelsea legend

14:18 , George Flood

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14:16 , George Flood

12 mins: Gallagher tries to feed a low ball into the path of Havertz in the Palace box but it’s too close to Guaita.

Beautiful skill from Ziyech at the byline to skin his man and get a low cross in towards the front post that is scrambled away.

14:14 , George Flood

9 mins: Palace have really come into these early stages now after a very bright first few minutes from Chelsea.

Kepa has to race off his line and clear with his head after dangerous ball forward looking for Zaha.

The Spaniard leaves the goal gaping in the process, but Palace can’t engineer a shot despite the efforts of Schlupp and Doucoure.

14:12 , George Flood

Here’s one of the great banners in tribute to Vialli at Stamford Bridge...


14:11 , George Flood

7 mins: Some bright signs for Palace now, with Olise their dangerman early on.

Jorginho gets away with some very casual play indeed around Zaha.

Olise drives on and earns Palace’s first corner, but the whistle goes for a shove in the back by Ayew on Havertz.

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14:09 , George Flood

Graham Potter’s guess the formation game has been revealed to be a 4-2-3-1 but it is incredibly fluid.

It leaves Trevoh Chalobah out of position at right-back but has him very deep with Lewis Hall allowed license to attack.

Mason Mount is left wing, Carney Chukwuemeka is a no10, Hakim Ziyech on the right and Kai Havertz up front.

14:08 , George Flood

5 mins: Chelsea still on the front foot, with Mount’s enticing cross cleared behind by Guehi for another Blues corner.

Ziyech has also had an attempt blocked.

Chelsea dominating possession early doors.

14:04 , George Flood

2 mins: A blistering start from Chelsea, who are starting with a back four here.

Gallagher and Chukwuemeka combine to great effect to earn an early corner, with Hall then driving into the box and providing a dangerous cross that is hacked away by Andersen.

Really positive stuff straightaway, which will delight Potter.

Palace up against it from the off.


14:03 , George Flood

We are underway at Stamford Bridge!

Both teams could do with a win here, but Chelsea and Graham Potter especially.

Can they impress new man Mudryk watching on from the stands?

14:01 , George Flood

Scores of Chelsea legends joining the teams on the pitch for the pre-match applause in memory of Vialli.

They will first watch a touching tribute video being played on the big screen, narrated by Graeme Le Saux.

Plenty of emotions at Stamford Bridge.

13:57 , George Flood

The teams are out at Stamford Bridge!

A huge banner in tribute to Gianluca Vialli unveiled in the stands.

There will be a minute’s applause ahead of kick-off.

13:55 , George Flood

More shots have landed of Mr Mudryk at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

Arsenal fans pointing out on social media that he doesn’t exactly look delighted...


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13:48 , George Flood

Mykhaylo Mudryk is watching the game in the directors’ box.

He has posed for pictures with supporters and done a photoshoot in the Chelsea shirt after his medical today. Only the announcement is pending.


Mudryk spotted at Stamford Bridge

13:47 , George Flood

That didn’t take long! Mykhaylo Mudryk has already been spotted in the directors’ box at Stamford Bridge.

No presentation ahead of kick-off with the Gianluca Vialli tributes, but perhaps at half-time?

We’ll see...

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13:38 , George Flood

Chelsea’s players are currently warming up with black ‘Vialli 9’ training tops at Stamford Bridge.


Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

13:36 , George Flood

Chelsea have 17 former players coming out before kick-off to honour Gianluca Vialli. Among those are John Terry, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mark Hughes.

Unfortunately, such are the scale of the plans involving a big screen tribute and the current players, Gianfranco Zola and Roberto Di Matteo turned down the invite as they felt they would be too emotional to cope with it.

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Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

13:29 , George Flood

Here is Nizaar Kinsella’s take on that interesting team news at the Bridge:

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Chelsea formation

13:27 , George Flood

We’ll have to see exactly what formation that is from Graham Potter.

The Chelsea website has it listed as a 4-3-3, with Chalobah, Silva, Badiashile and Hall as a back four.

They have Gallagher, Jorginho and Chukwuemeka in midfield, with Ziyech, Mount and Havertz in attack.

Three Palace changes from Vieira

13:24 , George Flood

Crystal Palace show three changes from the side that blew a one-goal lead at home to struggling Southampton in the third round of the FA Cup at Selhurst Park last weekend.

Tyrick Mitchell is in for Joel Ward after completing his three-match suspension, while Jeff Schlupp replaces Will Hughes in midfield.

Further forward, Eberechi Eze rejoins the frontline along with Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew, with Odsonne Edouard dropping to the bench.

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Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

13:14 , George Flood

Benoit Badiashile is set to make his debut today. He is the 14th different player to make his Chelsea bow this season. Mykhaylo Mudryk will be the new no15, meanwhile.

Kalidou Koulibaly is dropped from the starting lineup despite scoring against Fulham. There’s no secret that he has struggled in recent weeks, including on Thursday where his wayward passing put the Blues under pressure in the west London derby.

Carney Chukwuemeka gets a deserved start after excelling from the bench in recent weeks. The 19-year-old could simply no longer be ignored with senior players so badly out of form.

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Badiashile debut as Potter makes five changes

13:13 , George Flood

Some suprises in that Chelsea team, including a debut in defence for £35m January signing Benoit Badiashile.

He replaces Kalidou Koulibaly, who drops to the bench in one of five changes this afternoon despite scoring in the defeat at Fulham on Thursday.

It’s a new trio in midfield, with Conor Gallagher starting against the club for whom he starred on loan last term, along with Jorginho and young Carney Chukwuemeka.

Denis Zakaria misses out through injury, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Mateo Kovacic dropping to the bench in another expected formation change from Graham Potter.

Hakim Ziyech is also in, joining Mason Mount and Kai Havertz in attack with still no starting berth for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang despite the suspension of Joao Felix.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is back in the squad in a rare injury boost for Chelsea.

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Crystal Palace team

13:01 , George Flood

Starting XI: Guaita, Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell, Doucoure, Schlupp, Olise, Eze, Zaha, Ayew

Subs: Ward, Milivojevic, Tomkins, Mateta, Hughes, Johnstone, Edouard, Richards, Ozoh

Chelsea team

13:01 , George Flood

Starting XI: Kepa, Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Badiashile, Hall, Gallagher, Jorginho, Chukwuemeka, Ziyech, Havertz, Mount

Subs: Kovacic, Aubameyang, Loftus-Cheek, Bettinelli, Koulibaly, D Fofana, Azpilicueta, Cucurella, Humphreys

Lineups on way

12:52 , George Flood

Official team news from Stamford Bridge is now less than 10 minutes away!

Stay tuned...

12:47 , George Flood

Such great work done by Chelsea so far today. Gianluca Vialli was such an icon for the club and deserves these fitting tributes.

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12:44 , George Flood

Our Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella’s message to Chelsea fans:

“The tributes to Gianluca Vialli are going to be special today.

“I won’t spoil the surprise but make sure you’re in your seats early.”

12:39 , George Flood

Chelsea have now confirmed their players will once again be wearing warm-up t-shirts in tribute to Gianluca Vialli before today’s game:

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Badiashile, Fofana and Chukwuemeka to start?

12:33 , George Flood

Having said that, there are some tentative whispers on social media that new signings Benoit Badiashile and David Datro Fofana could both be starting for Chelsea this afternoon, along with Carney Chukwuemeka.

We’ll find out for definite in around half an hour’s time!

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How will Chelsea line up in must-win clash?

12:25 , George Flood

Official team news on the way soon, but here’s how Nizaar Kinsella expects Chelsea to line up against Crystal Palace this afternoon.

Kepa; Koulibaly, Thiago Silva, Cucurella; Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Hall; Havertz, Aubameyang, Mount.

That would see Chelsea continue in a back three after their first defeat by Fulham since 2006, with Marc Cucurella drafted in for Trevoh Chalobah at left centre-back to allow young Lewis Hall to continue at wing-back.

Jorginho should return in place of the injured Denis Zakaria in midfield, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - who wasn’t even called off the bench as Graham Potter’s side chased a late equaliser at Craven Cottage - handed a rare start up top alongside Kai Havertz with Joao Felix suspended.

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12:20 , George Flood

Standard Sport’s Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella has arrived at Stamford Bridge.

You can see today’s special tribute to Gianluca Vialli below.

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Chelsea expected to present Mudryk as new signing

12:18 , George Flood

Chelsea are also expected to present Mykhaylo Mudryk as their newest January signing at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

The Ukraine winger had been expected to finally join Arsenal this month after a lengthy transfer saga, only for Chelsea to swoop and hijack the move in sensational fashion at the 11th hour yesterday.

Chelsea co-owner Behdad Eghbali and transfer guru Paul Winstanley flew to Turkey and managed to wrap up a blockbuster deal with Shakhtar Donetsk that could be worth a total of £89million - £62m up front and a further £27m in add-ons.

Mudryk is believed to have undergone a medical this morning after flying to London last night and signed a seven-and-a-half year contract lasting until the summer of 2030, with his presence expected at the Bridge.

Chelsea have yet to officially announce the signing, but their social media activity last night and again this morning has all but confirmed that the transfer is done and dusted.

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12:04 , George Flood

More images from the touching Gianluca Vialli tributes outside the ground at Stamford Bridge:


Gianluca Vialli tributes

11:57 , George Flood

Plenty of tributes already paid to Vialli outside Stamford Bridge today, including from members of the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust (CST).

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Chelsea to pay tribute to Gianluca Vialli

11:55 , George Flood

Today will be an emotional day at Stamford Bridge.

This is Chelsea’s first home match since the sad passing of legendary former player and manager Gianluca Vialli aged just 58 in a London hospital on January 6 following a long fight with pancreatic cancer.

Fans paid tribute to the Italian icon before last week’s FA Cup defeat at Manchester City and again before the derby against Fulham, but there is far more planned for today on home soil.

Chelsea have asked fans to be in their seats early, with the current Blues and Palace squads to be joined on the pitch by players who previously lined up alongside or who were coached by Vialli for a minute’s applause before kick-off.

Chelsea’s players wore special warm-up t-shirts at the Etihad Stadium last week and today will don black armbands.

There is also a special edition of the matchday programme remembering Vialli, while a book of condolence is available for fans to sign in the museum building behind the Matthew Harding Stand.

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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace prediction

11:42 , George Flood

It’s hard to see where a win is coming from for Chelsea right now. Frail at the back and toothless in attack, Palace’s energy could be too much for them.

Palace to win, 2-1.

Crystal Palace team news

11:42 , George Flood

While Chelsea have already lost Joao Felix to a ban, opponents Crystal Palace get a key player back from suspension this afternoon with Tyrick Mitchell available again.

The left-back was sent off along with James Tomkins during the wretched 3-0 home defeat by Fulham on Boxing Day, missing the subsequent Premier League meetings with Bournemouth and Tottenham and the FA Cup loss against Southampton.

Patrick Vieira remains without both James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson due to injury today, however.

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Chelsea team news

11:36 , George Flood

Joao Felix begins a costly three-match ban for Chelsea today after his straight red card at Fulham for a terrible challenge on Kenny Tete that marred an otherwise promising debut.

Graham Potter’s injury crisis shows no signs of abating, with his absentee list still in double figures after Denis Zakaria limped off at Craven Cottage with a quad issue.

He joins the likes of Edouard Mendy, Reece James, Wesley Fofana, N’Golo Kante, Raheem Sterling, Armando Broja and Christian Pulisic on the sidelines.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be involved today after returning to training at Cobham this week, with Ben Chilwell next in line for a comeback.

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How to watch Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

11:33 , George Flood

TV channel and live stream: Today’s game will not be broadcast live on TV in the UK. Highlights are available on Match of the Day 2 tonight from 10:30pm on BBC One.

Welcome to Chelsea vs Crystal Palace LIVE coverage!

11:29 , George Flood

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Chelsea vs Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Today’s London derby is surely a must-win affair for Blues boss Graham Potter, who is already battling to save his job amid the club’s worst run of Premier League form since 1996, with Thursday’s loss at Fulham in which Joao Felix was sent off on his debut making it just one win in nine matches either side of the World Cup break to leave them 10th and 10 points adrift of the top four.

However, a key boost arrived on Saturday with Chelsea sensationally beating Arsenal to a blockbuster £89million deal for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk.

Palace could do with a decent result here as well, having lost three of their last four and not beaten a top-half team yet this season.

The Eagles have lost all of their last 11 meetings with Chelsea, but they will never have a better chance to end that run.

Kick-off is at 2pm GMT, so stay tuned for build-up, team news and live updates, with expert analysis from Standard Sport’s Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge.

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