New manager Guss Hiddink is looking for his first win as the Chelsea boss in his second reign when they take on Crystal Palace.
Palace have two disappointing goal-less draws against Bournemouth and Swansea. The home side is 5th in the table with 31 points. Chelsea, the defending champions, is in 14th with 20 points. Crystal Palace want to win the match for further adventure on top of the table. Chelsea need all three points to change the direction of the wind on their sail.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Last Meeting:
Last time when these two teams met in the reverse fixture, Crystal Palace beat Chelsea 2-1. Last season, in the corresponding fixture, Chelsea came out victorious with the same score-line.
Both teams have almost same kind of form in last two matches. Chelsea drew last two matches and Palace’s last two matches ended stalemate. Chelsea remarkably won only a game each in every month. They recently at least played well. Crystal Palace lost only a match in last 9 Premier League games. But their too many draws do not help them to progress further.
Crystal Palace Form: D-D-W-W-D-W
Chelsea Form: D-D-W-L-L-D
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Team News:
The home side will definitely miss Bolasie and Wickham due to injury. However, the probable return of Delaney boosts manager Alan Pardew. The striker duo of Gayle and Sako may not be fit in time. But their main problem is that their midfield general Cabaye will miss the match due to suspension.
Chelsea have almost a fit squad. Falcao and Remy both are doubtful for this match. Cesc Fabregas will return after he missed the last game due to illness. Hiddink expects Cahill to be fit before the game despite an ankle problem.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Probable Lineup:
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Key Players:
Due to the absence of Cabaye, Bolasie and Sako, Puncheon, Zaha and Jedinak are the main forces in attack but their key player is Scott Dann who is in great defensive form.
Chelsea’s by far best player in this season is Willian. Chelsea’s fate will depend a lot on him in this match. Costa scored twice against Watford but missed the match against Manchester United. So, he will also look to impress in this match.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Predictions:
Under new manager, Chelsea played well despite two draws in last two matches. Crystal Palace will miss a lot of key of players and they can not produce a match winning performance in last two matches. So, Chelsea are favourite for the match and they may win it with tight margin. Our prediction is that Chelsea will win 2-1.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Betting odds: (Subject to Change)
Source: William Hill
Crystal Palace: 11/4
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