Crystal Palace vs Chelsea LIVE: Premier League team news, line-ups and more as Raheem Sterling on bench

Roy a great man, my friend, doing great job with Palace – Pochettino

Crystal Palace host Chelsea in a Monday night Premier League encounter that could have serious repercussions for both managers.

Roy Hodgson, who manages the Eagles, is under pressure from the fanbase after a series of fluctuating results which has dropped the London side into the bottom half of the table. Palace have only won three games since the end of September and are just five points above the drop zone which means they are in danger of being drawn into a relegation battle. Should they fail to gain more consistency, and the positive results that tend to come with it, the pressure will continue to mount on the owners to replace Hodgson with a manager who can bring a more exciting brand of football to Selhurst Park.

A similar situation faces Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino. Consecutive defeats to Wolves and Liverpool ramped on the noise around the Argentine but a well-earned victory over Aston Villa in an FA Cup fourth-round replay shows signs that he is imprinting his own style on play on the team. However, the pressure on Pochettino would return if Chelsea were to slip up against Crystal Palace this evening.

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Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

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Mike Jones12 February 2024 19:30


Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

Crystal Palace have lost three of their last five top-flight fixtures but could equal the club’s Premier League record of three home league wins in a row.

Palace have not kept a clean sheet for 12 league matches, the longest such run in the top flight.

Mike Jones12 February 2024 19:25


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First-half goals from Conor Gallagher and Nicolas Jackson put Chelsea in control of the fourth round replay and they cruised to victory, despite Moussa Diaby’s injury-time consolation.

Chelsea had come to Villa Park in disarray on the back of 4-1 and 4-2 defeats to Liverpool and Wolves – leaving them 11th in the Premier League.

Mike Jones12 February 2024 19:20


Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

There has not been a draw in 26 meetings between the clubs since it finished goalless in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge in March 1995.

Mike Jones12 February 2024 19:15


Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

Chelsea could win 13 league matches in a row against the same opponent for the first time in their history. For Crystal Palace, it would also be a club record-extending 13th consecutive Premier League defeat against one club.

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Crystal Palace vs Chelsea team changes

Roy Hodgson awards Matheus Franca and Adam Wharton their first Premier League starts for Crystal Palace and Joachim Andersen is named captain as Marc Guehi is out injured. Joel Ward starts on the bench.

Mauricio Pochettino makes one change from the Chelsea team that beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup, with Thiago Silva coming in for the injured Benoit Badiashile. Raheem Sterling is on the bench once again.

Mike Jones12 February 2024 19:05


Crystal Palace vs Chelsea line-ups

Crystal Palace XI: Henderson, Munoz, Andersen, Richards, Mitchell, Wharton, Lerma, Hughes, Franca, Mateta, Ayew

Chelsea XI: Petrovic, Gusto, Disasi, Thiago Silva, Chilwell, Caicedo, Fernandez, Madueke, Gallagher, Jackson, Palmer

Mike Jones12 February 2024 19:02


Chelsea need to get ‘mental side’ of football sorted to become successful

Mauricio Pochettino believes the mental aspect of building a team is key to getting the best out of his squad in the future.

The Chelsea coach said: “It is like this in football, when you arrive at a new club with pressure, the players need to find their place and feel good and be happy. It is not about the quality, we cannot blame the players’ quality because they are not performing.

“We are thinking every single day about how we can help. Sometimes it’s mental, it’s not physical or about quality. They need to feel the confidence and the trust, they need to find their place.

“I trust in the players and then if we cannot perform it is of course my responsibility and the players’ responsibility always, because they are on the pitch, but I trust that we can turn this situation around and change the results.”

Mike Jones12 February 2024 18:55


Chelsea developing into Pochettino’s team

“We are a young team and we need to be more mature to compete, that is why we need time and people need to understand that we need time,’ said Blues manager Mauricio Pochettino. “You can have good players but in the end, it is a collective sport. To create a team, to build a team is important.

“It’s like if you’re going to build a house, you need to be sure of every step you need to take. If you make a mistake at some point, after you bring in the nice furniture and start to move you find you have a problem.

“Always we need time and we are building from zero. Sometimes it looks like you move forward but then you need to go back because some problems appear. Always it takes time.”

Mike Jones12 February 2024 18:50


Pochettino on belief gained after Villa win

Last time out Chelsea defeated Aston Villa 3-1 in the FA Cup fourth-round replay and manager Mauricio Pochettino believes that the victory will instill a new belief in this team that they can go out and perform to their best levels.

“I am very pleased, first of all because the players were fantastic,” said the Blues head coach. “They played very well, were free and enjoyed the game – which is important because football should be about joy – against a team that is doing a fantastic job, that is so difficult to beat here. They are full of confidence in the top four.

“That is why I am really pleased with the performance because I think it will provide us the capacity to really believe that if we all fight together and approach games the way we approached the game today we are capable of performing in this way.

“I think it was one of the best performances of the season, we played well against a very difficult team. Aston Villa is doing a fantastic job and are opposition who are in the top four and are the second best team playing at home.

“That is why it was really difficult but we are so pleased with the performance. I think the players believed and the way we played was fantastic, so we need to say congratulations to the players.”

Mike Jones12 February 2024 18:45

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