Chelsea v Crystal Palace, 03 May 2015

Score1-0 to Chelsea
RefereeKevin Friend
CompetitionPremier League
VenueStamford Bridge
Attendance41,566
Kick-off: 1.30pm

Goals:

Eden Hazard 45 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
Defender Gary Cahill
Defender John Terry
Defender/Midfielder César Azpilicueta
Defender/Midfielder Juan Cuadrado
Defender/Midfielder Branislav Ivanović
Defender/Midfielder Nemanja Matić
Midfielder Cesc Fabregas
Midfielder Willian
Midfielder/Forward Eden Hazard
Forward Didier Drogba

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Julián Speroni
Defender Scott Dann
Defender Adrian Mariappa
Defender Joel Ward
Defender/Midfielder Damien Delaney
Midfielder Joe Ledley
Midfielder James McArthur
Midfielder Jordon Mutch
Midfielder Jason Puncheon
Midfielder/Forward Yannick Bolasie
Midfielder/Forward Wilfried Zaha

Substitutions:

John Obi Mikel for Juan Cuadrado 46
Kurt Zouma for Willian 85
Filipe Luís for Eden Hazard 90

Substitutions:

Martin Kelly for Adrian Mariappa 60
Glenn Murray for Jordon Mutch 61
Yaya Sanogo for Jason Puncheon 71

Cards:

Branislav Ivanović 27 Y
John Terry 38 Y

Cards:

Scott Dann 23 Y
Adrian Mariappa 45 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Petr Čech
Defender Nathan Aké
Defender Filipe Luís
Defender Kurt Zouma
Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Midfielder John Obi Mikel
Forward Loïc Rémy

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey
Defender Brede Hangeland
Defender Martin Kelly
Defender/Midfielder Mile Jedinak
Midfielder/Forward LEE Chung-yong
Forward Glenn Murray
Forward Yaya Sanogo

Comments:

League position: 1st This result confirmed that Chelsea had secured their fourth Premier League title; their first since 2009-10. It is the fifth time they've been crowned champions of English football. This was their 35th Premier League game of the 2014-15 season. They clinched the 2004-05 title in the 35th game, the 2005-06 title winner came in the 36th game while their 2009-10 triumph was secured on the final day and 38th game. This was the Blues' 17th clean sheet in the Premier league this season, a divisional high. PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard scored from the rebound of his saved penalty. It was the first spot-kick he had failed to convert in the Premier League in ten attempts. Chelsea had now lost just one of their last 15 league meetings with Crystal Palace (nine wins). That was a 1-0 defeat on 29 March 2014 at Selhurst Park. Victory gave Jose Mourinho his third Premier League title as Chelsea manager and the first of his second spell in charge. He drew level with Arsene Wenger on three while only Sir Alex Ferguson has won more (13). This was Mourinho’s eighth league title in 12 years as manager with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. This was Chelsea's 15th trophy since Roman Abramovich became their owner in June 2003. John Terry equalled Roy Keane’s Premier League record of most titles as club captain with four. Ramires was originally named in the starting line-up before being taken ill during the pre-match warm-up. Juan Cuadrado was promoted to the starting XI with Nathan Ake taking his place on the bench.

Comments:

League position: 12th Crystal Palace had now only ever won twice at Stamford Bridge; 2-1 in a League Division Two on 17 March 1982 and 3-2 in the FA Cup Fifth round on 14 February 1976. The Eagles had now lost just two of their last nine away Premier League matches (five wins). Alan Pardew was manager of Newcastle United when they beat Chelsea 2-1 at St James’ Park on 6 December 2014. It was the first time that Chelsea had lost in the Premier League this season. He had now won four of his last seven Premier League matches as an opposition manager against Chelsea.