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Why Azpilicueta denied Abraham to take the penalty against Crystal Palace




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It was a huge victory to Chelsea FC after winning Crystal Palace 4-0.

The first goal from Ben Chilwell and the second goal from Kurt Zouma with a brilliant header while the last two goals from a penalty taken by Jorginho

Abraham went over to take Chelsea’s second penalty ahead of regular penalty-taker Jorginho,

After spotting what was happening, Azpilicueta decided to intervene to avoid what happened last season when Barkley did the same thing.

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Chelsea Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Crystal Palace




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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon

Chelsea are heading to a London derby after the international break as they travel to bottom of the table Crystal Palace on Saturday. 

Palace haven't scored a goal yet this season and have zero points on the board with Roy Hodgson hoping to end their dismal run of bad form this season. 

Antonio Conte's side have picked up a number injuries lately and were recently well beaten by Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. However, it is still a huge ask for Palace to come away from this match against the Premier League champions with any points.  


Alvaro Morata is almost certain to miss out against Palace on Saturday as he recovers from a hamstring injury. The striker is in contention to make the weekday fixture against AS Roma but his condition is being continually monitored. 

N'Golo Kante has torn a muscle in his thigh which will see him out for a number of weeks as the Blues face being without a player who has been ever-present for over a year. 

Danny Drinkwater is still doubtful, although he is nearing full recovery from a calf injury. Chelsea have otherwise come out of the international break unscathed.

Baba Rahman remains at Stamford Bridge but isn't part of the club's Premier League or European squad due to a knee injury. He is expected to return in late October or early November. 

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Chelsea have no suspensions for the match against Palace as David Luiz returns from a three match ban after getting sent off against Arsenal a month ago. 

He also suffered a fractured wrist during that match against the Gunners but has continued full training and can play through the injury for his side's upcoming matches. 


David Luiz is likely to return for Andreas Christensen who has been deputising in his absence. Michy Batshuayi will likely come in for Morata but Chelsea could also opt to use Eden Hazard in a central role with Willian and Pedro accompanying him. 

Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko will likely start in place of Kante, who faces a rare spell on the sidelines. Conte faces a selection dilemma in defence but he will most likely choose the experienced trio of Gary Cahill, Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta. 

Chelsea's 3-4-3 remains the club's primary formation after Conte won the title with the system last season. They have also lined up in the 3-5-2 formation against the likes of Man City, Atletico Madrid and Tottenham.

Chelsea line up


Crystal Palace haven't scored in the league yet this season and their woes could continue with their only two strikers in Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham out injured. 

Bakary Sako is typically a midfielder but he will likely continue to play up front and he's the only player to score for Palace this season after netting in the cup. 

Wilfred Zaha remains injured and unlikely to play, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is unavailable due to the terms of his loan move from Chelsea. James Tomkins and Scott Dann missed out Palace's last match which saw the side lose 4-0 to Manchester United; both could be in line to return for the Champions' visit. 

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  • Chelsea (421) have won more points in Premier League London derbies than any other side in the competition’s history (P232 W119 D64 L49).

  • Crystal Palace are currently on the second longest run in minutes without scoring from the start of the season in Football League history (630 minutes) - only Halifax Town in the fourth tier in 1990-91 (730 minutes) had a longer wait to score.

  • Crystal Palace could become the first team in Football League history to lose nine consecutive games without scoring – on only three other occasions have a team lost eight games in a row without scoring and only once in the top-flight (Sunderland between November 1976 and January 1977).

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  • Chelsea have failed to score in two of their last three Premier League matches under Antonio Conte, as many as in their previous 36. The Blues only failed to score in three of their 38 PL games last season and have already drawn a blank in two of their seven so far this term.

  • Roy Hodgson could become only the second permanent manager to lose his first four Premier League games in charge of a side without scoring a single goal after his predecessor Frank De Boer. Prior to this season, no permanent Premier League manager had lost their first four without scoring at a club.


The match isn't being televised live in the UK. The kick off is at 15:00 BST on Saturday.

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Christian Eriksen's goal kept Tottenham's title hopes alive as they again closed the gap to Chelsea with victory at Crystal Palace.

Tottenham moved back to within four points of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League as they earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over a Crystal Palace side that had seen off a number of their top-six rivals.

Sam Allardyce's Palace have beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool since the start of April, but came up just short against in-form Spurs as Christian Eriksen's 78th-minute goal secured an eighth straight league victory.

With league leaders Chelsea winning against Southampton on Tuesday, Tottenham could afford no hangover from their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Antonio Conte's men, although, for long periods, a winner looked unlikely at Selhurst Park.

Despite a second-half injury to Mamadou Sakho, Palace's defensive blockade stood firm until Eriksen's blast tore up a gameplan seemingly determined on containing Mauricio Pochettino's men.

While Palace remain a comfortable seven points clear of the relegation zone, this result gives Spurs renewed hope heading into the final five matches of the season - starting against rivals Arsenal on Sunday.

Harry Kane's dipping strike faded wide to the right in the game's first notable effort, but Palace - and, in particular, Andros Townsend against his former club - made an energetic start.

Townsend teed up Christian Benteke to test Hugo Lloris with a low right-footed shot, while Tottenham's vastly superior possession statistics counted for little at the other end as Kyle Walker blazed over from a good position inside the area.

Eriksen worked Wayne Hennessey with a tame attempt from a tight angle, but the trickery of Wilfried Zaha and Townsend continued to trouble Spurs, the latter firing off target after wriggling free 20 yards from goal.

With the visitors conceding a number of fouls in the opening 45 minutes, Pochettino withdrew the combative midfield duo of Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama, before Palace were forced into a change of their own as Sakho was carried off the pitch on a stretcher following a challenge with Kane.

Tottenham swiftly seized the initiative and Dele Alli somehow steered a finish wide of the right-hand post after meeting Walker's superb cross.

Hennessey gathered comfortably from Alli's curler, with the midfielder then laying the ball off for Walker to send a shot off target from the edge of the area.

While Townsend and Zaha struggled to replicate their menacing first-half form, Palace's sturdy back-line continued to keep Spurs at bay, Eric Dier nodding a rare opening high and wide.

Kane, too, got his head to a cross, redirecting the ball straight at Hennessey, but, just as it looked as though a goal would not arrive for Tottenham, the Palace goalkeeper was finally caught out 12 minutes from time.

Eriksen took aim from 25 yards and his strike skidded away from Hennessey into the bottom-left corner to earn a potentially vital three points in the title race.
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Tammy Abraham And Tomori Earn England Call Up




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Gareth Southgate has included Chelsea duo Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori in his latest England squad, but Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has been omitted once again.

The Three Lions will take in a trip to the Czech Republic on October 11, before negotiating another away clash against Bulgaria three days later, as their Euro 2020 qualification campaign resumes.

England are currently sitting top of Group A on 12 points, having won all four of their fixtures to date.

Abraham has been handed his first international call up for two years after scoring seven goals in seven Premier League matches at the start of the new season .

The striker is joined in the 25-man squad by Chelsea team-mate Tomori, who has also broken into Frank Lampard's first team at Stamford Bridge in recent weeks.

Goalkeepers: Tom Heaton, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Danny Rose, Fikayo Tomori, Kieran Trippier

Midfielders:Ross Barkley, Fabian Delph, Jordan Henderson, James Maddison, Mason Mount, Declan Rice, Harry Winks

Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson

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