Mikel showed power and authority showing his dominance in key battles in Chelsea's midfield area. Crystal Palace without several of its best attacking players, found it difficult to create clear chances and have not scored in three games since Boxing Day.
They worked into some promising situations and yet lacked quality on the final pass. Zaha flashed one effort wide in the opening minutes, but Thibaut Courtois was not extended until he denied the same player with nearly an hour gone. Within seconds of the save, Chelsea extended the lead. With this victory,Chelsea have moved out of the relegation zone.