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Premier League 2017/18; Crystal Palace 2-1 Chelsea: Player Ratings

Greg Lea
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Crystal Palace v Chelsea - Premier League
Crystal Palace v Chelsea - Premier League

Reigning champions Chelsea suffered a shock loss to Crystal Palace as the Premier League resumed after the international break on Saturday.

An own goal from Cesar Azpilicueta and Wilfried Zaha's strike earned the Eagles their first victory of the season, with Tiemoue Bakayoko's header not enough for Chelsea to avoid defeat.

Here's how the players from either team rated at Selhurst Park:

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace v Chelsea - Premier League
Roy Hodgson led Crystal Palace to their first victory of the season aganst Chelsea

Julian Speroni - 7/10

The club legend looked like he had never been away, competently dealing with all of Chelsea's on-target efforts. His kicking was generally good, too, and he did well to intercept a couple of crosses.

Joel Ward - 8/10

A much-improved display from a player who has struggled so far in 2017/18. Ward was strong in the tackle and kept things simple with the ball at his feet.

Scott Dann - 7/10

Crystal Palace v Chelsea - Premier League
Crystal Palace v Chelsea - Premier League

Dann is a fine passer of the ball over distance, but it was his more basic defensive qualities that stood out on Saturday. The centre-back read the game well and handled Michy Batshuayi comfortably.

Mamadou Sakho - 7/10

Sakho's composure on the ball is one of his best attributes, but a sloppy backheeled clearance late on almost cost Palace. He was, however, dominant in the air and key to Zaha's goal in the first period.

Patrick van Aanholt - 7/10

Van Aanholt lost his focus on a couple of occasions which could have proved pivotal, but he had his positive moments too. The Dutchman, facing his former club, is still better going forward than he is at defending.

James McArthur - 8/10

This was a typically industrious, all-action performance from the Scotsman, who worked hard on the right of midfield and distributed the ball neatly.

Yohan Cabaye - 9/10

Crystal Palace v Chelsea - Premier League
Crystal Palace v Chelsea - Premier League

The former Newcastle man set the tempo of Palace's passing in midfield and played a big part in the opening goal. As ever, he got stuck in when it came to the physical battle in the centre of the park.

Luka Milivojevic - 7/10

A mixed bag from the ex-Olympiacos midfielder, who started the game strongly but became a little untidy with his tackling and passing after half-time.

Jeffrey Schlupp - 6/10

Schlupp did not offer a great deal going forward, and he was guilty of switching off at times in the second half as Chelsea created numerous openings down their right-hand side.

Andros Townsend - 8/10

Townsend was terrific on Saturday, never giving the Chelsea defence a moment's peace and carrying the ball forward expertly. His delivery from wide areas was also excellent.

Wilfried Zaha - 9/10

Crystal Palace v Chelsea - Premier League
Crystal Palace v Chelsea - Premier League

Zaha, not for the first time, was Palace's match-winner. The forward took his goal extremely well and caused problems for the champions' backline throughout.


Tim Fosu-Mensah - 6/10

The Manchester United loanee came on in the 85th minute, and was diligent in his defensive duties, although he probably should have scored a third for the hosts.

Jairo Riedewald - 6/10

The versatile Dutchman was brought on as a holding midfielder in the closing stages and showed some good positioning as Chelsea pushed forward.

Jason Puncheon - 7/10

Puncheon is another player who has had a poor start to the season, but his close control and tidy touch helped Palace hold out for a victory here.

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Greg Lea is a London-based freelance football writer for The National, FourFourTwo and various others. Follow him on Twitter: @GregLeaFootball.
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