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Chelsea could create piece of history against Crystal Palace which they haven't managed in 118 years

Chris Byfield

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Chelsea could create piece of history against Crystal Palace which they haven't managed in 118 years

Chelsea could create a piece of history against Crystal Palace.

The Blues travel to Selhurst Park on Monday night hoping to build on last week’s 3-1 FA Cup win over Aston Villa.

Pressure remains on Mauricio Pochettino, however, with the Blues having conceded four goals and lost their last two Premier League games.

Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson's position also looks in jeopardy at Palace, with the south Londoners having fallen to a dismal 5-0 defeat at Arsenal and a humbling 4-1 loss to bitter rivals Brighton in their last three games.

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Should Palace lose to Chelsea, Hodgson’s 200th game in charge of the Eagles is likely to be his last.

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The fixture has tended to favour the Blues. Should Chelsea win it would be the first time in their 118-year history they have won 13 league matches in a row against the same opposition.

Meanwhile, for Palace, a defeat would mark a club record-extending 13th consecutive Premier League defeat against one club.

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Either way, we are likely to see a decisive result, with there having not been a draw in 26 meetings, since a goalless Premier League game at Stamford Bridge in March 1995.

Ahead of the game, Pochettino labelled Roy Hodgson an “unbelievable” coach and insisted the under-fire manager will be “successful” at Palace.

Roy Hodgson is under increasing pressure at Crystal Palace (Getty)
Roy Hodgson is under increasing pressure at Crystal Palace (Getty)

“Nothing to say about Roy,” said Pochettino. “Roy is my friend. I admire him — he’s an unbelievable coach. I think he’s working really well. There is always pressure in football when you lose one or two games, but no doubt he is going to be successful with Palace.

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“He has the experience to manage everything in this situation. It is going to be good to see him on Monday. For sure, we are going to share a very nice time together.

“From the beginning when I arrived at Southampton, he was the coach of the national team and was always at Southampton watching games and sharing time with us. We made a very good relationship.

“From the first moment, the feeling was very good between us. We understand football very well, the experience is there.”

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Football, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Roy Hodgson, Mauricio Pochettino, Premier League

Chris Byfield
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