Watch this highly anticipated Premier League fixture between Chelsea and Crystal Palace in true VIP style at the Hollins Suite, Stamford Bridge with our Chelsea hospitality packages. Watch all the action from the match in luxury padded seats located in the West Stand. You will miss none of the action as the West Stand provides the best view of the pitch. Indulge in a three course pre match fine dining experience and take advantage of the complimentary beers, wine and soft drinks on offer, helping you to quench your thirst before and during the game. The Hollins Suite looks forward to welcoming both you and your guests for a lively day of entertainment and enjoyment.
This pairing have had multiple meetings over time and the excitement of this upcoming game is certain to be a good watch. It is certain that Chelsea are hoping to match or improve on their 2-1 win against Crystal Palace from the 2017 season. Ahead of the upcoming game we have explored the history between the two teams and some iconic matches. Showcasing both impressive wins and huge losses for both the London based teams Chelsea and Crystal Palace.
Chelsea 1 - 7 Crystal Palace, November 1905
The history of the two teams dates back to the early 1900’s, where Crystal Palace won the FA cup final third qualifying round against Crystal Palace with a 7-1 defeat. Back then, Crystal Palace were a new club meaning they had to qualify for entry into the first round of the FA Cup. Whereas Chelsea were becoming increasingly popular thanks to their star goalkeeper William Foulke. Goals from the match came from Crystal Palace front runner William Watkins, with his hat-trick finish. Other goals are reported to have come from Innerd, Harker and Needham. This game was monumental in history as it led to the FA changing their rules. On the day of the game Chelsea had prior commitments to a league fixture they had to play and wanted to focus on. This meant that they put forward a reserve team to take on Crystal Palace. Due to the massive defeat, the FA decided to enforce a rule that all teams must put forward their strongest teams, in hope of fairer games.
Chelsea 6 - 2 Crystal Palace, March 1998
This meeting was triumphant and exhilarating and certainly one that should go down in history. Chelsea won the match with a 6-2 finish against the boys at Crystal Palace. This is an impressive win for the boys in blue and certainly one they are historically proud of. Goals came from player Gianluca Vialli who was a star signing in 1996 under the management of Ruud Gullit. Vialli was a strong player for Chelsea where he scored 40 goals from his 88 appearances. Tore Andre Flo also scored further showcasing the player’s strength and talent. The Norwegian star left Chelsea with an impressive reputation that is hard to beat by many. He was held in high regard by many with Chelsea FC stating there are not many players as good as him when it comes to value for money. Icelandic defender Hermann Hreiðarsson scored a goal for the Crystal Palace, alongside Marcus Bennet for their team which helped soften the defeat slightly.
Chelsea 4 - 1 Crystal Palace, March 2005
Chelsea moved one step closer to the premiership title with their impressive 4-1 win against Crystal Palace, on Saturday 19th March, 2005. With over 41,000 attendees at Stamford Bridge, fans were excited to witness this exciting match. Goals came from Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Mateja Kežman; who managed to score 2 goals for the blues. However, Frank Lampard’s signature long-range style allowed Aki Riihilanti to score one goal for his team Crystal Palace. The late goals from Mateja Kežman were what put the Chelsea boys ahead with an unbeatable lead. The biggest threat this game saw was from Joe Cole, who managed to score a total of 8 goals for Chelsea during the 2004/2005 season, further showcasing his impressive form. Prior to the game the Crystal Palace team had spent time in Cyprus warm weather training and their efforts did pay off in parts throughout the match. Former Chelsea manager Iain Dowie said his team were “capable of beating teams in different ways” praising the teams talent. Star player Joe Cole stated that although a 4-1 is impressive, the team still needs to make improvements for their upcoming fixtures, which they certainly did and Chelsea ended up winning the Premiership title for that season.
Chelsea 3 - 0 Crystal Palace, January 2016
A more recent meeting in the 2016 Premier League saw Chelsea beat Crystal Palace with a 3-0 finish. This resulted in Chelsea’s biggest defeat since their win at Swansea City in 2015. Chelsea star Oscar put the blues ahead, which was closely followed with a goal by Diego Costa. Willian finalised the 3-0 score for Chelsea with his scoring strike. Man of the match was awarded to Brazilian born Diego Costa who led by example throughout the match. Throughout the game both teams had 4 shots on targets, however Chelsea had greater possession with a statistic of 60% oppose to Crystal Palace’s 40%. Former Chelsea Manager Guus Hiddink stated his team “needed the win” and praised them for their efforts throughout. On the other hand, Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew admitted the team were not their strongest. Overall, this was a successful win for the Chelsea team.
Chelsea 1 - 2 Crystal Place, October 2017
Crystal Palace and Chelsea both have history when it comes to Premier League meetings. October 2017 saw Crystal Palace take home a 2-1 win against Chelsea at the iconic Selhurst Park, where over 25,000 fans flocked to watch the exciting game between the two London based teams. The Eagles ended their run of 7 losses from the premier league, with this narrow win over the boys in blue. Palace led at only 11 minutes in with an own goal by César Azpilicueta, an own goal was just the luck Palace needed. However, Chelsea were close behind equalising with a header from the French midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko. Man of the match Wilfried Zaha led Crystal Palace to their 2-1 victory, with his 1 goal finisher. The Ivorian footballer did well in this season, with 9 goals under his belt and a shooting accuracy of 41%. Crystal Place “were playing the champions of England” and this was the first win for manager Roy Hodgson. The win was a surprise for most, throughout the game Chelsea had greater possession with a statistic of 72% against 27%, and they also had more shots on target which potentially meant more opportunities. The two teams provided both an exciting and nail biting game for the fans.