Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

The High flying West Londoners, Chelsea, take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this Saturday after an eventful International break. Diego Costa was at last on target for Spain, and the fans will be hoping that he continues his prolific goal scoring form for Chelsea.

Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

Chelsea have had a fantastic start to their season winning six games out of 7 and drawing one, making them hot favourites for the title at the moment. Crystal Palace, on the other hand, have had a disappointing start to the season with only two wins from 7 games.

The last game for the Chelsea fan was a sweet derby victory over Arsenal. A game in which Chelsea happened to execute their plans to perfection and went five points clear at the top of the table.

Going by the books, the upcoming game against Palace should not be much of a test for the present Chelsea side but complacency in the Premier League has proved costly for many over the past, given the growing competitiveness of the league.



The home team have managed to avoid relegation for the first time in their history last season and didn’t quite exactly start the way they would have wanted to. They salvaged only two wins from 7 games, one at home and one away and are sitting in 15th place managing a total of 15 points.


The away team have been far different from the hosts managing six wins, and a draw from 7 games having played the likes of Everton, Manchester City and Arsenal. The main source of goals has been the spanish international Diego Costa, who has scored nine goals out of the 21 managed by Chelsea. Elsewhere, the other summer signing, Cesc Fabregas, has been exceptional for Chelsea. The spanish duo are the main reason why Chelsea are sitting comfortably at the top of the Premier League table.



The home team will only be waiting for news on the recovery of Mariappa. Apart from that, the only injury concern is Scott Dan while Hangeland might just make the cut.


Mourinho has minor concerns over Andre Schurrle, who was out for Germany’s Euro 2016 qualifier and also Eden Hazard’s availability for this game is in question and the rest the squad is at the manager’s disposal.


CRYSTAL PALACE (4-3-3): Speroni, Ward, Delaeny, Hangeland, Kelly, Ledley, Jedinak, McArthur, Bolasie, Campbell, Puncheon.

CHELSEA (4-2-3-1): Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Costa.


Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace- 14/12/2013
Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea- 29/03/2014


Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace- 14/12/2013
Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea- 29/3/2014
Chelsea 4-1 Crystal Palace- 19/03/2005
Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea- 24/08/2004
Chelsea 6-2 Crystal Palace- 11/03/1998

PREDICTION: Crystal Palace 0-3 Chelsea


DATE – 18/10/2014
TIME – 1500 GMT/ 1930 IST
VENUE – Selhurst Park
REFEREE – Craig Pawson

Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni

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