Chelsea have kick-started their campaign after a well-fought victory against West Bromwich Albion. An amazing performance by debutant Pedro played a key role in last week’s fixture. But, now Chelsea face fellow London rivals Crystal Palace in a derby that promises to be nothing short of marvelous.
The game is to be played at Stamford Bridge, which surely is a fortress for Mourinho’s men. So let’s analyze Crystal Palace’s side before the Saturday fixture.
Crystal Palace Football Club is an English professional football club based in South Norwood London. They currently play in the highest level in English football, the Premier League. Since 1964, the club has mostly played in the top two leagues of English football. The club was founded in 1905 at the site of the famous Crystal Palace Exhibition building by the owners of the FA Cup stadium, who wanted their own team to play at the historic venue.
Palace applied to be elected to The Football League, but this was rejected and they instead joined the Southern Football League Second Division, playing home games at The Crystal Palace, inspiration for the club’s initial nickname, “The Glaziers”. Palace were champions of the Division in their first season and played in the Southern League First Division for the next fifteen years.
Crystal Palace have had a very good start to the season winning two games and losing once. A win against Norwich and Aston Villa proved decisive for the Glaziers, but they couldn’t overcome against Arsenal as they suffered a 2-1 loss. A loss was an unfortunate one as they could have capitalized on a few situations but didn’t.
Injuries and Suspensions:
The injury list for Crystal Palace seems to be pretty high. As many as six players look doubtful to start. A serious woe for Palace as club captain Mile Jedinak wouldn’t be starting tomorrow. Apart from Jedinak, strikers Maraoune Chamakh, Frazier Campbell, Kwesi Appiah and Connor Wickham are suffering from different injuries. Also, Argentine goalkeeper Julian Speroni seems to be suffering from an injury on his finger. Another problem for Palace would be Patrick Bamford. The Chelsea prodigy out on loan to Crystal Palace cannot face Chelsea due to the FA ruling.
Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew plays with a 4-2-3-1 formation. With Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur occupying the roles of deep lying midfielder.Yannick Bolasie looks set to make a return to the side too. An attacking line boasts of Bolasie-Puncheon-Sako dropping behind Glenn Murray.
Key Player-Yohan Cabaye: The Frenchman has been in a silky smooth form showing why he was one of the most coveted players this summer. The midfielder scored a goal on his debut doing justice to his big price tag for which Crystal Palace had to break their bank for. A major threat in the midfield and his work rate is startling.
Crystal Palace have a major tendency of getting caught off against skillful oppositions and the way Pedro, Willian, and Eden Hazard teamed up last time; it could turn out to be a nightmare for the Glaziers. A major problem that Palace face is stopping opponents from creating chances, and it was a pleasing sight to watch Cesc Fabregas put those hanging balls for Diego Costa and it would be even more pleasing to see the same tomorrow.
Head to Head:
The London clubs have met 27 times and a whopping 15 matches have been won by Chelsea. On the other hand, Palace have swooped three games in their favor and nine games have ended in a draw. The previous encounter took place in May and Chelsea walked out winners with a score line of 1-0.
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Edited By: Karan Dubey
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