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Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace: Kai Havertz header earns important win for Blues

Kai Havertz scoring against Crystal Palace
Kai Havertz is Chelsea’s joint-top scorer this season with six goals in all competitions

A thumping header from Kai Havertz earned Chelsea a narrow victory over Crystal Palace to ease the pressure on manager Graham Potter.

Havertz met Hakim Ziyech’s cross shortly after an hour as the Blues ended a run of three successive defeats in all competitions.

The Germany striker should have doubled Chelsea’s advantage but could only flash a header wide from close range from Mason Mount’s cross.

Palace came close to equalising late on when Cheick Doucoure’s long-range volley was spectacularly tipped over by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Chelsea stay 10th despite the win, just their second in 10 Premier League games, but are now level on points with ninth-placed Liverpool.

Palace are 12th after a fifth defeat in six games in all competitions.

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  1. Squad number1Player nameArrizabalaga

  2. Squad number14Player nameChalobah

  3. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  4. Squad number4Player nameBadiashile

  5. Squad number67Player nameHall

  6. Squad number23Player nameGallagher

  7. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

  8. Squad number22Player nameZiyech

  9. Squad number30Player nameChukwuemeka

  10. Squad number19Player nameMount

  11. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  1. Squad number8Player nameKovacic

  2. Squad number9Player nameAubameyang

  3. Squad number26Player nameKoulibaly

  4. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number13Player nameGuaita

  2. Squad number17Player nameClyne

  3. Squad number16Player nameAndersen

  4. Squad number6Player nameGuéhi

  5. Squad number3Player nameMitchell

  6. Squad number28Player nameDoucouré

  7. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

  8. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

  9. Squad number7Player nameOlise

  10. Squad number10Player nameEze

  11. Squad number11Player nameZaha

  1. Squad number5Player nameTomkins

  2. Squad number14Player nameMateta

  3. Squad number19Player nameHughes

  4. Squad number22Player nameÉdouard



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 14Chalobah
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 4Badiashile
  • 67HallSubstituted forKoulibalyat 78′minutes
  • 23GallagherBooked at 84mins
  • 5JorginhoBooked at 49mins
  • 22ZiyechSubstituted forKovacicat 89′minutes
  • 30ChukwuemekaSubstituted forAubameyangat 63′minutes
  • 19Mount
  • 29HavertzSubstituted forAzpilicuetaat 89′minutes


  • 8Kovacic
  • 9Aubameyang
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 27Fofana
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 32Cucurella
  • 42Humphreys

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Guaita
  • 17ClyneBooked at 42mins
  • 16AndersenSubstituted forTomkinsat 38′minutes
  • 6GuéhiBooked at 88mins
  • 3Mitchell
  • 28DoucouréBooked at 26mins
  • 15SchluppSubstituted forHughesat 69′minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 9J AyewSubstituted forMatetaat 69′minutes
  • 7Olise
  • 10EzeBooked at 52minsSubstituted forÉdouardat 69′minutes
  • 11Zaha


  • 2Ward
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 5Tomkins
  • 14Mateta
  • 19Hughes
  • 21Johnstone
  • 22Édouard
  • 26Richards
  • 77Ozoh

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