Premier League football is witnessing one of its toughest title race this term with Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all maintaining an unbeaten streak and leading the race to attain silverware.
The Blues, under Maurizio Sarri, have shown massive upsurge and are favourites to overtake Liverpool on goal difference if they clinch a win against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. The Reds have been held to a 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Saturday evening and Sarri’s juggernaut should be looking to grab the opportunity defeating the Eagles.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Team News:
Chelsea have Marco van Ginkel ruled out for months having ruptured his ACL. However, the fitness of Eden Hazard remains a concern who might not be involved from the start. Olivier Giroud is ruled out for the weekend tie but is expected to be back for their midweek Europa League encounter.
Palace, on the other hand, have a few concerns with Christian Benteke, Scott Dann, Joel Ward and Connor Wickham remain sidelined for the Chelsea trip. But the Eagles are expecting the return of Cheikhou Kouyate, James McArthur and Wilfried Zaha who have recovered from their respective knocks and shoulder injuries to contest the London rivals.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Probable Lineups:
Subs: Willy Caballero, Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Mateo Kovacic, Davide Zappacosta.
Subs: Vicente Guaita, Max Meyer, Alexander Sorloth, Jeffrey Schlupp, Martin Kelly, Jason Puncheon, Jairo Riedewald.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Head-To-Head Stats:
Chelsea Win: 25
Crystal Palace Win: 12
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Last Meeting:
Their last meeting at Stamford Bridge occurred back in March when the Blues clinched a 2-1 win thanks to the first-half strike of Willian and an own goal scored by Martin Kelly. Patrick van Aanholt pulled one back in the final moments of the game for the visitors.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Key Players:
Chelsea have several top performers who are in excellent form. The midfield game will be controlled by Jorginho and N’Golo Kante whereas Ross Barkley will look to continue his blistering scoring form. Pedro and Willian will be threatening the Eagles from the wide, so is electrifying Eden Hazard who might be involved at some stage of the game.
Roy Hodgson, the Palace chief, will highly rely on star forward Wilfried Zaha for goals. Andros Townsend has been impressive at times and will look to threaten the Blues from counter movements.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Current Form ( In All Competitions):
Crystal Palace: L-D-L-L-L-W
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Betting Odds ( Subject To Change):
Crystal Palace: 21/2
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Live Streaming:
The game is scheduled for Sunday from 9:30 p.m. IST and will be telecast on Star Sports Select1 and Select HD1 for the Indian viewers. It will be streamed live on NavixSport app, however, for online streaming links send us a message to our official Facebook page.