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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace, Premier League, live score and latest updates

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace, Premier League, live score and latest updates

Palace last won at Stamford Bridge in 2017, a 2-1 victory under Sam Allardyce that dented but did not destroy Chelsea’s charge to the title. They meet today, unusually, with both in the top 10, playing well and managers old acquaintances from Roy Hodgson’s time managing England at Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup,

Palace last won at Stamford Bridge in 2017, a 2-1 victory under Sam Allardyce that dented but did not destroy Chelsea’s charge to the title. They meet today, unusually, with both in the top 10, playing well and managers old acquaintances from Roy Hodgson’s time managing England at Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup, though Frank Lampard was no longer a regular by the latter.

In this morning’s papers Lampard says he is very superstitious, claiming: “I walk the dog at certain times and on certain days. I will walk her at a certain time, for a certain route. I take her out in the morning. I go out early before I leave, I take her down to the local coffee shop, get my takeaway coffee, walk around, then go to training.

“I like going to the gym as well – that’s another one of my superstitions. I have to do exactly the same amount of time on the bike – 50 minutes – or the exact route that I run. Things like that.”

It’s all a bit pasteurised compared with the headcases of the past. 

Take Alan Rough, for instance. The Partick Thistle goalkeeper and first-choice for Scotland at the 1978 and 1982 World Cups began by not shaving before games and before long he was wedded to wearing the same old jersey under his official shirt, white socks, though he should have worn red on international duty, always changing at peg No13 and bouncing the ball a set number of times against the dressing room wall before he went out.





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