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  1. 'Gallagher goal an untimely reminder of transfer window gamble'published at 12:34 4 October

    Alex Pewter, Five Year Plan podcast, external

    Saturday saw another spirited display, but unfortunately, for a second year running, a late defeat at home by Chelsea.

    The most cynical of the Crystal Palace faithful will no doubt have predicted that it would be former loanee Conor Gallagher with the dagger through the heart - a goal nearly identical to his one for us against Everton last season.

    With the midfield needing additional depth, the club continued an optimistic pursuit of a Gallagher return. That gamble, extending into the dying hours of the transfer window, left Patrick Vieira without any reinforcements.

    This isn't a love letter dedicated to the Epsom-born midfielder, or dismissal of Ebere Eze or Michael Olise's performances on Saturday, but the midfield does look short on options compared with last season - particularly given how other players are being used.

    Will Hughes, signed as a James McArthur insurance policy, isn't favoured by the manager and has only appeared for 57 minutes in 2022-23. Luka Milivojevic and Jairo Riedewald are afterthoughts.

    While losing to Chelsea wasn't unexpected at kick-off, Gallagher's goal was an untimely reminder for a Palace hierarchy that desired two new central midfielders this summer and ended up failing to recruit any.

  2. This week's live football commentariespublished at 10:58 4 October

    The Champions League returns this week and there is plenty of Premier League to look forward to at the weekend. BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra will have you covered.

    Tuesday, 4 October

    • Liverpool v Rangers (20:00)

    Wednesday, 5 October

    • Chelsea v A.C. Milan (20:00)

    Saturday, 8 October

    • Chelsea v Wolves (15:00)

    • Brighton v Tottenham (17:30)

    Sunday, 9 October

    • West Ham v Fulham (14:00)

    • Crystal Palace v Leeds (14:00 - Sports Extra)

    • Arsenal v Liverpool (16:30)

    All times are BST

  3. Your thoughts on Saturday's gamepublished at 12:30 3 October

    We asked for your post-match reaction after Saturday's game at Selhurst Park.

    Here are some of your thoughts:

    Crystal Palace fans

    Evan: I think we played some nice attacking football against a tough Chelsea team. However, the handball incident was very clear, Thiago Silva should have been sent off.

    Derrick: This was yet another display of Crystal Palace stepping off the pedal, as we just stopped pressing and attacking them. Odsonne Edouard was the only player on the pitch who looked like scoring. He also made many opportunities, displaying to all that he should be in the starting XI each week. Injuries didn't help but should have stopped their press.

    Brian: We must not be distracted by the handball incident. The team held their own for 90 minutes against a side which will be in Europe. Chelsea were lucky and the most important thing about the match was the loss of Nathaniel Clyne and the pressure that brought on the whole set-up. Good to see Joel Tomkins back and Joachim Andersen was missed in defence. Move on.

    Chelsea fans

    Jared: Chelsea were really, really lucky and though it's early I have very little faith in Graham Potter. I feel he is out of his depth and the team are not gelling at all. We should be beating teams like Palace comfortably but at the moment we are scrapping by and look like dropping out of Champions League. Sad times ahead I think.

    Ron: While there were some encouraging individual performances against Palace, overall the same problems persist. We cannot score and we are too vulnerable at the back. Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly are a poor replacement to Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, although Fofana is still young and could make the grade down the track.

  4. Vieira: 'Referee got handball decision wrong' published at 18:55 1 October

    Alex Howell, BBC Sport

    Patrick Vieira was visibly frustrated in his post-match press conference following the defeat against Chelsea.

    The last minute goal from former loanee Conor Gallagher will have caused him some annoyance, but it is the decision of the referee to not send off Thiago Silva which seems to have bothered him most.

    When asked about the incident he told BBC Sport:

    "Regarding the incident with Thiago, it’s something I don’t want to talk about. It’s difficult for me to understand it and accept it. It’s better sometimes to be quiet and not talk about it. 

    "I don’t want to talk about it because I believe the referee got it wrong. If I say what I think I will be in trouble so it’s better for me not to talk about it." 

  5. Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea: What Viera saidpublished at 18:29 1 October

    Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira: "We knew it's a difficult team to play against. In the midfield they were really good but we are quite disappointed. We managed to score the first goal and conceded just before half-time.

    "It was not the best period but in the second half we had some very good situations and I think the draw would've been good for both sides.

    "You look at the squad they have and any player comes on will make their level high. It is a quality team we are facing but we deserved at a least a point.

    "We just have to take it on the chin and get back for the next game."

    On whether Chelsea's Thiago Silva should have been sent off, Vieira added: "He was very lucky, but this is the referee's decision, VAR's decision, it's quite difficult to understand it and to accept it. I think it's unbelievable how he managed to stay on the field."

  6. Analysis: Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelseapublished at 18:05 1 October

    Matt Gault, BBC Sport

    After four weeks without a game, Crystal Palace were quickly reminded of the cruel nature of Premier League football at the hands of Chelsea in an entertaining London derby.

    It started so well for Palace, too, Odsonne Edouard poking them into a seventh-minute lead.

    With Eberechi Eze twice coming close to doubling their lead soon after, it looked as though Patrick Vieira's side were well-placed to hand Graham Potter a defeat in his first Premier League game at the Chelsea helm.

    But Palace's enthusiasm was quickly replaced by anger following the officials' decision not to send Thiago Silva off for a deliberate handball.

    To rub salt into Palace's wounds, Silva then teed up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's leveller.

    And while Palace will feel hard done by, they simply couldn't replicate their early-game momentum in the second half before Conor Gallagher deepened Vieira's woe by popping up with a late winner for the visitors, returning to haunt the club for whom he starred on loan last season.

    In the end, it's another defeat for Palace - their third this season - but Vieira will surely be targeting points from the next three games, all of which pit the Eagles against sides also in the bottom half (Leeds, Leicester and Wolves).

  7. Sutton's predictions: Crystal Palace v Chelseapublished at 19:19 30 September

    Chris Sutton takes on Sports Team drummer Al Greenwood to pick his winners and losers for the weekend's Premier League games.

    Sutton's prediction: 1-2

    I don't really know what to expect from Chelsea here, and whether anything will click at all or change dramatically in Graham Potter's first league game in charge.

    It is going to take time for him to mould them into his team, doing what he wants to see.

    But what we do know is that, so far this season, too many Chelsea players have not been at the level required - and that has to change.

    Crystal Palace will make things difficult for them, but I think we will see an improvement from the Blues, and it might be enough for them to edge this.

    Al's prediction: Palace are hard to break down, but they don't really offer enough of a threat at the other end. Potter seems to have made a big difference at Chelsea already and with the boost he has given their players, I kind of have to back them here. 1-3

    Find out how Sutton and Greenwood think the rest of the weekend's fixtures will go and cast your votes here

  8. Crystal Palace v Chelsea: Team newspublished at 17:45 30 September

    Crystal Palace remain without long-term absentees Nathan Ferguson, Jack Butland and James McArthur.

    James Tomkins is available for his first appearance of the season after overcoming a calf problem.

    Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is back in training following a knee injury but won't be ready for Graham Potter's first league match in charge.

    The game also comes too soon for N'Golo Kante, who is nearing a comeback after seven weeks out with a hamstring issue.

    Who do you think makes the Eagles starting XI?

    Predict the Blues starting line-up

  9. 'It was a challenge to keep the players focused'published at 14:08 30 September

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    Patrick Vieira says the long gap between matches has been a challenge, but he praised the dedication of his Crystal Palace players.

    Saturday's game against Chelsea comes 28 games after the Eagles' last game - the 0-0 draw with Newcastle.

    "Training has been challenging, because the last time we played a competitive game was quite a while ago," said Vieira.

    "We worked well in the past couple of weeks and we will be ready to compete. Of course, when you don’t play games it is quite difficult to keep that physical attribute, but I was really pleased with the concentration and the work ethic of the players.

    "It is challenging when you work hard all week and there is no game. There is a frustration there, but I was really pleased with how the players kept working.

    "It was a challenge to keep the players focused - but we are looking forward to the game. We will face one of the best teams in the Premier League and we will be ready for that."

  10. Vieira on keeping players focused, Gallagher's return and Chelseapublished at 13:11 30 September

    Patrick Vieira has been speaking to the media before Saturday's game against Chelsea.

    Here are the key lines from the Crystal Palace boss:

    • James Tomkins is available for selection, but James McArthur, Nathan Ferguson and Jack Butland are still out injured.

    • With 28 days between games, Vieira said "it was a challenge to keep the players focused".

    • On returning to action, he said: "We’re looking forward to the game. We will be ready for that and we’ve worked well over the last couple of weeks."

    • When asked about Conor Gallagher's return to Selhurst Park, Vieira replied: "I don't have any doubt about the reception he will receive."

    • The Palace boss expects a tough game against "one of the best teams in the Premier League" in Chelsea.

    • On Graham Potter's first league game in charge of Chelsea, he said: "We have been looking at what he's been doing at Brighton and the game they played."

    Follow Friday's Premier League manager news conferences

  11. Crystal Palace v Chelsea: Head to head recordpublished at 13:00 28 September

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    • Since a 2-1 win over Chelsea in October 2017, Crystal Palace have lost their past nine league games against them. Only against Liverpool (10) have the Eagles lost more consecutively in their league history.

    • Meanwhile, the Blues have only had better league winning runs against Portsmouth (10), Sunderland (11) and West Brom (12).

    • There have been no draws in the past 22 Premier League meetings - the longest such run between two sides in the competition’s history.

    • Chelsea have won eight of their past nine away league London derbies, the exception being a 3-2 loss at West Ham last season. The Blues have kept seven clean sheets in this run, conceding only four goals.

  12. Olise and 'softer' fixtures offer hope of attacking improvementpublished at 13:11 27 September

    Alex Pewter, Five Year Plan podcast, external

    Beyond Saturday's match against Chelsea, the fixture list finally appears to be 'softer' than Crystal Palace have navigated thus far and will likely offer a fairer reflection of where the team is currently placed.

    Last season's defensive unit conceded fewer goals than in any campaign since promotion and, given the quality of attacks they have faced already, looks capable of replicating similar results.

    The question mark remains at the opposite end of the pitch.

    So far, the burden has remained on Wilfried Zaha's shoulders in a team that is encouragingly joint-fifth in shots on target per match while having the fifth fewest overall shots - no doubt affected by playing three Champions League calibre teams.

    The team is also last in completed passes and crosses into the area, but hope lies in Michael Olise to help rectify this.

    A vast upgrade on Jordan Ayew in an attacking sense, Olise was involved in creating 0.55 goals per 90 minutes last season while limited to the equivalent of 12.7 full games.

    The postponed fixtures will have allowed Olise to regain the fitness he lacked from an injury-hit pre-season and to finally see what he can produce as a full-time option on the right wing.

  13. Should Palace break payscale again to keep Zaha?published at 17:01 20 September

    Alex Pewter, Five Year Plan podcast, external

    With only six fixtures played, against challenging opponents, the direction of Crystal Palace's season is still unclear - but the issue of Wilfried Zaha's future looms on the horizon.

    Zaha has always been more valuable to Crystal Palace than he may be priced at elsewhere, which is why despite that talent, he has never been successfully lured away from the club for a second time.

    Lucrative contract extensions put him on par with some of the highest-earning players in the league, intending to price out a lot of would-be suitors.

    Now the veteran in a youthful squad, he has never been surrounded by such talent. Yet, Zaha's part in the story is less certain, with a season left on his deal.

    Any player owes it to themselves to test the market to establish their top price or to secure European ambitions - but Palace hold their own, to eventually switch mid-table for European competition.

    He has changed his approach physically but shows little signs of slowing down as he approaches his 30th birthday, making him an asset to whoever acquires him.

    The club broke their payscale once to retain their talisman against the odds. Should they do the same now, whatever the cost?