Following an impressive start of the season despite window ban, Chelsea have shown consistency under new coach Frank Lampard. The Blues will be hosting Crystal Palace at the Stamford Bridge scheduled on 9th Saturday, November with kickoff at 15:30 GMT.
Chelsea currently are under an impressive winning run having won all of their 5 past games in the Premier League. Coach Frank Lampard has been dependent on young starts for the lustrous performances. The new system seems to be working out for the Blues after a transfer window ban.
Crystal Palace on the other hand are currently 9th on the Premier League with only 2 wins in their past 5 league matches. This follows a 2-0 loss to rival Leicester over the weekend. 9 points separate the two teams with coach Roy Hodgson seeking to return to the top six.
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace Head to Head
Both teams have played 13 games together with Chelsea emerging winners in 9 games with Crystal Palace emerging winners in 4 games. Both teams have never drawn in their past encounters. Here is a look at the past 8 match results by both teams:
Crystal 0-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 3-1 Crystal
Chelsea 2-1 Crystal
Crystal 2-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 1-2 Crystal
Crystal 1-0 Chelsea
Crystal 0-3 Chelsea
Chelsea 1-2 Crystal
Chelsea Team News
Team captain Jorginho will be ruled out of the Saturday clash. This leaves place for out of injury Kante who has received little game time having come from an injury. Hudson Oddoi will feature in the game after coming on for Mount during the Championship League crash against Ajax.
Cnter back Rudiger continues to recover from a groin injury which has ruled him out of 12 matches. Center back Christensen also joins the injury list after being sidelined for 6 matches. Modfielder Loftus Cheek is also recuperating from an injury.
Crystal Palace Team News
Chrristian Benteke seems to come as second place to coach Roy Hodgson with the Belgian only featuring in the second halves. Ayew has been the preferred option starting in the last 5 matches. Wilfried Zaha failed to make an impact in their last match, but is likely to show his prowess against a top 4 side.
Defending midfielder Kouyate came off against Leicester City after an injury scare but he will be fit to start. Mamadou Sakho is yet to start a match since the arrival of Gary Cahill from Chelsea. Forward Luka Milivojevic has also shown consistency despite the loss to Leicester at home.
Prediction and Odds
Chelsea are highly likely to continue their impressive winning ways with top selection of youth from Batshuayi, Mount and Reece James. Crystal Palace are still setting to pace with the team.
Chelsea Win – 1.37
Goals Over 1.5 – 1.168
Both Teams to Score (No) – 2.056
Abraham to Score – 1.73