Chelsea continues to break into the top four of the Premier League table for the time being when they take on Crystal Palace. The match schedules for Saturday at Selhurst Park, with kickoff at 8:30 pm in the London Derby.
The hosts managed to share the spoils against Everton in their most recent top-flight, whereas Thomas Tuchel ended his unbeaten streak in a disastrous form against West Brom.
Carlo Ancelotti walked into Goodison Park with high hopes of getting a back four race with a win. However, it took a disappointing turn when the sides shared a 1-1 draw on Monday night. Vicente Guiata prevented Richarlison and Dominic-Calvert Lewin throughout the evening.
The fighting spirit came highly applauded at Goodison Park, but the result made hardly any difference in their end-of-season prospects. Eagles are currently 12th placed, sit 12 points above the drop zone, and 11 points adrift of the top seven with eight games.
Since the Thomas Tuchel takeover, no pessimistic Chelsea fan thought his winning streak could come to a 5-2 end, especially to West Brom. Sam Allardyce’s men ruined Tuchel’s perfect clean sheet record at home by notching up five goals against the 10-man Blues.
Despite their embarrassing manner in the defeat, Tuchel’s side responded immediately by taking control of the Champions League quarter-final in Porto.
Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea Head to Head
Both sides have fifteen games against each other, with Crystal Palace with four wins while Chelsea with eleven wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom
Tottenham 4-1 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace 0-0 Man United
Crystal Palace 0-0 Fulham
FC Porto 0-2 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-5 West Brom
Chelsea 2-0 Sheffield United
Blues 2-0 Atletico Madrid
Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea
Crystal Palace Team News
Palace’s hero of the hour, Batshuayi, will be aiming to keep pushing for a starting role in the lineup. However, he is ineligible to play against his parent club. Therefore, Wilfred Zaha and Christina Benteke will start at the top.
Chelsea Team News
Experienced veteran Silva is the only absentee for this game following his red card picked against West Brom. Despite getting into a playing ground bust-up with Kappa Arrizzabalaga, Antonio Rudiger played the full 90 minutes in Seville. Tammy Abraham continues pushing for a recall into the starting XI.
Prediction and Odds
Despite facing a defensive blip in their last outing, we expect Chelsea to make a quick response in the league.
Goals Under 2.5
No Score: Home