Prediction Time: Paul Merson Predicts Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

PAUL MERSON believes Chelsea will only be able to muster a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace this weekend.

Palace have been terrible so far this season and are yet to claim a point or even score a goal.

Roy Hodgson’s side have suffered heavy defeats to both of the Manchester giants in their last two outings and host the Premier League champions on Saturday.

Chelsea will be without two of their stars with N’Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata out injured.

And Merson says the duo’s absence will mean the Blues won’t be able blow Palace away like their title rivals did.

He told Sky Sports: “This is a hard game for Chelsea without N’Golo Kante or Alvaro Morata.

“They are two massive players and not having them will make a difference.

“But Chelsea still have a good defence and Palace don’t have Christian Benteke so it will be hard for them to score.

“Man City were on fire against Chelsea and still only scored once, and that was a ‘worldie’, so that is what Palace are up against.”

Chelsea are currently a point and place behind their London rivals Tottenham in the Premier League table.

Spurs take on Bournemouth this weekend looking to finally claim their first league win of the season at Wembley.

Conte hints that young midfielder could start against Palace

Antonio Conte has hinted that Ethan Ampadu could be called upon in the coming weeks following the injury to N’Golo Kante.

The French midfielder is due for a spell on the sidelines after coming off injured for his country during the international break.

Injuries mean that Chelsea are also without the likes of Danny Drinkwater, who joined in the summer from Leicester.

Ampadu came off the bench during Chelsea’s Carabao Cup win against Nottingham Forest earlier in the season and impressed on his debut.

The Welsh youngster joined in the summer from Exeter City after coming through the ranks with the Grecians.

Kyle Scott could also be called upon. The young midfielder was linked with a move away from the club in the summer, with Reading interested in a deal, but he was unable to complete a move away from Stamford Bridge due to the delays in the deal to sign Drinkwater.

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