League leaders Chelsea registered yet another crucial victory in their pursuit for the Premier League title by edging Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. They were in control for most of the game that was shadowed by a series of fouls all over and also resulted in a red card to the either side.
The victory puts Chelsea 5 points clear at the top again despite City recording a 4-1 win over Tottenham earlier. The main marksman Diego Costa didn’t feature for the Blues as he was rested, perhaps as a precaution for the approaching United game the coming Sunday and Loic Remy was handed his first Premier League start for the club.
Chelsea gained the lead as early as the 7th minute with a brilliant free kick from Oscar. John Terry came close to scoring in the 14th minute on his 500th appearance as a captain, but he had his effort cleared off the line.
The first half then yielded an amazing turn of events as Cesar Azpilicueta was sent off for a disastrously mistimed tackle and minutes later Delaney was sent off after a second yellow which brought the game straight back to 10 vs 10.
The second half started favorably for the Blues as Cesc Fabregas scored his first league goal after exchanging a brilliant one-two with Oscar, which made it 2-0. Chelsea then pretty much controlled the rest of the game until the 90th minute, but substitute Zaha somehow found Campbell, who slid the ball into the net to make it 2-1.
Five Things we learned from the game: