Chelsea vs Crystal Palace: Match Preview
After getting their first win of the season at the Hawthorns last week, Chelsea plays Crystal Palace at home on Saturday. The Blues will be looking to register their first win at home this season.
TEAM NEWS, INJURY UPDATES, AND SUSPENSIONS
Captain John Terry is unavailable after getting sent off against West Bromwich Albion. Oscar and Victor Moses are both doubtful due to muscular injuries. Terry’s absence will mean Zouma will start while Pedro will keep his place after a fine start to life in the Premier League, and so we expect him to make his Stamford Bridge debut. Abdul Baba Rahman may be involved at some point.
On loan striker from Chelsea Patrick Bamford is ineligible against his parent club. Marouane Chamakh and Fraiser Campbell remain long-term absentees. Mile Jedinak’s hamstring injury will keep him out for up to 3 weeks. Conor Wickham is doubtful for the match with a rib injury. Sako is expected to start after a wonderful performance against Villa while Bolasie is expected to return after a compassionate leave.
Chelsea have had a bad start to the season, with only 4 points from the first 3 matches, but got back to winning ways last week against West Brom at the Hawthorns, even though they had to play the majority of the second half with ten men.
Jose Mourinho will manage his 100th Premier League home match with Chelsea on Saturday and will hope to use the West Brom result as a springboard and continue with winning ways. Players like Costa and Pedro will be confident after getting off the mark this season, and with the club trying to sign players in the next few days, the defenders will try to up their game as much as possible.
Crystal Palace have had an impressive start to the season, winning two of their three matches, against Norwich City and Aston Villa, and lost the only match against Arsenal, though they played very well. Alan Pardew must be impressed with his team after the spirit they have shown, and will look to cause an upset at the Bridge.
KEY PLAYER BATTLES
Zaha vs. Azpilicueta/Rahman
Wilfried Zaha is a pacy and skillful player, who usually operates on the right, and will have to be closely watched by the Chelsea left back, whosoever it may be.
Delaney vs. Pedro
Pedro will be brimming with confidence after such a fine start to the Premier League. With a goal and an assist in his first ever match for Chelsea, Pedro will hope to impress even more at his home debut, which means he will be a menace to Palace’s defenders.
Jose Mourinho will be managing his 100th Premier League home match with Chelsea on Saturday. He has won 76 and lost just 1 of his previous 99 matches. This will also be his 200th Premier League match. Palace have won 7 of their 9 away matches in the league since Alan Pardew was appointed.
LAST 5 MEETINGS
Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace 03/05/2015
Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea 18/10/2014
Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea 29/05/2014
Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace 14/12/2013
Chelsea 4-1 Crystal Palace 19/03/2005
PREDICTED STARTING LINEUPS
Chelsea: Courtois (GK), Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Hazard, Willian, Pedro, Costa
Crystal Palace: McCarthy (GK), Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, McArthur, Cabaye, Zaha, Sako, Puncheon, Murray
Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace
Time: 1500 GMT / 1930 IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Referee: Craig Pawson
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