Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace: Kai Havertz with the winner as Blues grab crucial win >>>

Chelsea bagged crucial three points at Stamford Bridge as the Blues defeat Crystal Palace by 1-0.

Kai Havertz scored the winning goal in the 64th minute to give Chelsea the win and a big sigh of relief for Graham Potter and his team.

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Goal! Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace

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.

Second Half

We are back for the second 45 at Stamford Bridge.

Half-time

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.

Kick Off!

…and so it begins!

Mudryk IS HERE!

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.

Tribute to Vialli

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

Starting XI

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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