Pre-Match Briefing: Crystal Palace v Chelsea – part on
The first game of 2016 is also the first against a side we have played previously in the Premier League this season. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton ring in the new…
Who will leave the Palace with honours this New Year? Chelsea’s need of points is greater than that of the hosts, but this season that has meant no guarantee of success.
The Blues completed 54 games in 2015, securing the Premier League title as well as winning the Capital One Cup by beating Tottenham Hotspur in March. Eden Hazard and Willian made the most appearances over the calendar year (51), each missing just three games, and Diego Costa scored the most goals: 14.