CHELSEA v Crystal Palace: Preview

Date: Sunday 4th November 2018

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 16:00 GMT

 

 

 

After a sentimental midweek game against Frank Lampard’s Derby that saw us nick a win, today we stay at home to host Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace in the league. No sentiment here, no love lost and no surprises either because we know they will turn up for their cup final this afternoon.

Whatever injuries they’ve got, whatever the quality of their squad or their performances so far this season, they’ll come into this without a win in their last five and our players will more than likely wander around with their heads up their backsides because ‘it’s only Palace’ and it’s not like they can beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge it? Except we know all too well, that’s exactly the sort of thing they can pull out of their bag – because they’ve done it on two out of their last three visits.

So, would anyone really be so surprised? 

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri focuses on Eden Hazard saying “Yesterday Eden had a large part of training with the team. Maybe he will not be ready to play for 90 minutes at the moment because it was his first training in the last two weeks.  But probably he will be able to play for 40, 45 minutes. So for us it’s important.”

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson meanwhile, says “We can’t disguise the enormity of the task. We can’t make out it will be easier than it is going to be, but we have played well against Liverpool and Arsenal. Our belief and confidence is based on that. I don’t prepare for teams to underestimate us, because I think we have done enough not to be underestimated. I don’t think anyone will see it as a foregone conclusion.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, Ross Barkley is available after being rested midweek and Eden Hazard is expected to have recovered from his back injury and should also be available if needed.

For Palace, Connor Wickham, Christian Benteke, Scott Dann and Joel Ward are all injured although Wilfried Zaha (shoulder) is fit.

 

TEAMS

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Morata, Pedro

CRYSTAL PALACE (Possible line-up): Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Kouyate, Milivojevic, McArthur; Ayew, Zaha

 

LAST SEASON

Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace (10th March 2018)

 

CURRENT FORM (PL)

CHELSEA: WDDWDW

CRYSTAL PALACE: WDLLLD

 

OTHER STUFF

  • Palace have won two of the last three meetings between us
  • Palace have won two of the last three games at Stamford Bridge.
  • Chelsea have drawn three of their last five league matches
  • Six of Chelsea’s seven goals conceded in the league this season have been at home.
  • Palace are without a win in their last five league matches.
  • All four of Palace’s wins this season have come away from home
  • Five of Palace’s seven league goals this season have been scored away.

 

PREDICTIONS

BBC Sport: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

Sky Sports: Chelsea 3-0 Crystal Palace

Sportsmole: Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace


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