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27 Dec 2023

Hello and welcome to's live coverage of Chelsea against Crystal Palace from Stamford Bridge. Christmas has now been and gone and for the Blues, it is all about trying to end 2023 on a high.

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The year as a whole has been a pretty disastrous one for Chelsea on the pitch. There has been four different head coaches, albeit two of them were on an interim basis, and results and performances on the pitch have been awful.

For Mauricio Pochettino, though, it is up to him now to try and put the defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Christmas Eve behind him and his players with Palace next up. The Blues have been a lot better at Stamford Bridge recently, so they will be hoping they can continue their home form this evening against the Eagles.

Palace, managed by Roy Hodgson, have not won a Premier League game since November 4 when they went to Burnley and beat them 2-0. The south Londoners have come in for plenty of criticism recently and Chelsea will be looking to pile even more misery on them tonight.

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Bobby Vincent is live at Stamford Bridge this evening and will bring you all of the pre-match build-up, live coverage and post-game reaction from SW6. Stay tuned by scrolling down below and keeping's dedicated live blog open.

18:10Bobby Vincent

Team news soon

We're about 20 minutes away from the official team news.

Let us know in the comments section below who you want to see in the starting lineup?

Romeo Lavia signs for Chelsea (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images) (Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

18:02Bobby Vincent

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace odds

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace match odds:

Chelsea: 8/13

Draw: 21/10

Crystal Palace: 7/2

All odds via Betfair

A general view of Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium (Image: Stephanie Meek - CameraSport via Getty Images)

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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace predictions

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson believes that Chelsea can get back to winning ways when they face Crystal Palace on Wednesday. Despite the Blues struggling with injuries, Lawrenson believes they have the depth to deal with it while the Eagles don't in the busy festive schedule.

Ex-Premier League striker Chris Sutton is also backing the west Londoners to come out on top, but in a clash that will be slightly tighter.

He told BBC Sport: "I hope I do better at predicting Chelsea's results in 2024 than I have managed this year. They have had some odd defeats at home, as well as away - so the fact they are at Stamford Bridge doesn't really help me much.


Mauricio Pochettino before Chelsea's game against Wolverhampton Wanderers (Image: Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

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Possible team news hint?

Chelsea have hinted at two possible starters for Wednesday night's Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace.

The Blues head into the game coming off the back of yet another momentum halting loss having been beaten away at Wolves on Christmas Eve.

Ahead of the game Chelsea hinted that Mykhailo Mudryk and Christopher Nkunku will be central to the team, posting their pre-match graphic with an image of the pair together.


Mykhailo Mudryk of Chelsea celebrates with team mate Christopher Nkunku after scoring their sides first goal during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Chelsea and Newcastle United (Image: Chris Lee)

17:15Bobby Vincent

The venue for tonight

Can Chelsea continue their recent positive form at Stamford Bridge? Or will it be another frustrating evening for Mauricio Pochettino and his Blues players?

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Back in SW6.#CFC | #CheCry

— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 27, 2023

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Chelsea's search for a striker in January – the latest

The January transfer window is fast approaching and it is expected to be a relatively busy period for Chelsea. While it is not expected to match the club's recent windows in terms of quantity, the Blues are still looking to improve on Mauricio Pochettino's options for the remainder of the season.

It is not a secret that Chelsea are looking to sign a No.9 and plan on doing so in the January transfer window. However, as understands, the Blues will not rush in a market that is often limited in terms of options, and are prepared to wait until the summer should the right opportunity not arise next month.

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Victor Osimhen has been linked with a move to Chelsea (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

16:20Bobby Vincent

Pochettino reflects on Chelsea season so far

Mauricio Pochettino has reflected on Chelsea's season so far. Speaking to the club's official website, the Argentine said:

The performance from the beginning of the season is not bad. We could have said it's very good, but in terms of competing we are at the bottom. That is why we are not in a better position in the table.

Football is about having all the quality and knowledge in your set-ups, the way you press and build from the back, and so on. Then at some point during the 90 minutes, you need to compete: that is the moment you need to show you can play another [style of] football. We need to improve there.

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Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground (Image: Darren Walsh)

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Key information

Chelseawill look to return to winning ways later today when they host Crystal Palace in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge. The Blues fell to a 2-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Christmas Eve in another frustrating game for Mauricio Pochettino.

Now, attention turns to a London derby against Palace. Roy Hodgson's men are currently 15th in the Premier League with 18 points and have not won since the start of November.

With that being said, brings you all of the key information ahead of the game this evening, including how to watch the encounter on television...


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Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino arrives for his side's game at Wolverhampton Wanderers (Image: Nick Potts/PA Wire)

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Every word from Pochettino

With such a short turnaround in games and the Christmas period being over the last few days, Mauricio Pochettino previewed the Crystal Palace game right during the aftermath of Chelsea's defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Pochettino spoke about a number of topics, including:

Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo's chances of featuring against PalaceThe injury Lesley Ugochukwu sustained in the defeat to WolvesChristopher Nkunku's long-term role at the clubChelsea being miles away from the targets they set for the season


Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino (Image: James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)

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Hello and welcome to's live coverage of Chelsea's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace from Stamford Bridge.

The Blues will be looking to put their Christmas Eve disappointment behind them after they lost 2-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

Meanwhile, Palace were held to a 1-1 draw six days ago at home to rivals Brighton. Roy Hodgson, though, is looking for his first Premier League win in almost two months this evening.

Stay tuned throughout the evening for all of the action from west London.

Chelsea's last Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace was back in January (Image: Robin Jones/Getty Images)
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