Verdict: Both teams to score
Best Odds: 4/5
Seeking a much-needed enhance this weekend, Chelsea will welcome London rivals Crystal Palace to an empty Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime.
Starting with the hosts, while Chelsea would possibly have actually splashed the money this summer time and added a string of new faces to their squad, the Blues have struggled to lay down an early marker this time round. Throwing away the lead late on earlier within the week towards a heavily-altered Tottenham squad in North London on Tuesday evening, Frank Lampard’s side got here crashing out of the EFL Cup thanks to a penalties defeat by the hands of their crosstown rivals. Although the previous England midfielder would possibly have been glad to see new arrival Timo Werner open his account in midweek, the previous Premier League champions are nonetheless coping with a string of obvious issues on the back. While Saturday’s hosts would possibly have managed to salvage what appeared to be an extraordinarily unlikely point on their travels last weekend, it doesn’t cowl what was one other regarding show. Making a string of expensive errors, Chelsea entered the interval on the wrong end of a shock 3-0 scoreline towards top-flight returners West Brom on the Hawthorns seven days in the past. Also hit with a 2-0 defeat at home towards defending champions Liverpool a fortnight in the past, the Blues have managed to win only one of their last 4 matchups throughout all competitions.
Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and left-back Ben Chilwell might make their league debuts for Chelsea after starting the EFL Cup game at Tottenham.
As for the guests, watching Everton end their 100% start amidst more VAR controversy last weekend, Head Coach Roy Hodgson made his emotions on the brand new handball rule very clear. However, though the one-time England boss would possibly have seen his side fail to make it three in three at Selhurst Park last time out, the Eagles ought to take away lots of positives after an eye-catching start to the 2020/2021 marketing campaign. Along with opening the New Year with a 1-0 win towards Southampton, Palace actually shocked many with what shortly changed into a romp at Old Trafford a fortnight in the past. Watching attacking talisman Wilfried Zaha bag a brace and make it three Premier League strikes in as many appearances this season, the South London outfit landed a very spectacular 3-1 win on the road and so they seem to have made a string of enhancements over the summer time. Although Hodgson’s men would possibly journey throughout London assured of inflicting one other upset this weekend, it needs to be noted that they do hold a worrying record towards the previous champions. Including a dramatic 3-2 defeat when the 2 sides confronted off back in July, Palace have lost every of their last 5 straight conferences towards Saturday’s hosts.
Jeffrey Schlupp misses a second consecutive game with a muscle pressure.
Gary Cahill, James Tomkins and Patrick van Aanholt are back in coaching following lay-offs but should not but prepared to feature.
Key Factors to Consider
- Including a 3-2 win when the 2 sides confronted off back in July, Chelsea have now won every of their last 5 straight conferences towards Saturday’s friends.
- However, persevering with on from last season, Chelsea have managed to record simply a pair of clear sheets in any of their last eight Premier League appearances.
- Wilfried Zaha has recorded three Premier League goals in as many appearances thus far this season.
- Crystal Palace’s 3-1 win away at Old Trafford a fortnight in the past introduced an end to a run of 4 straight Premier League defeats away from Selhurst Park.
- Four of the last 5 conferences between Chelsea and Palace at Stamford Bridge have seen both teams find the net by the final whistle.
While on paper Saturday’s hosts is perhaps seen as a landslide decide with the bookmakers, Chelsea have solely continued to show some reasonably obvious issues on the back. Throwing away the lead and crashing out of the EFL Cup by the hands of Spurs in midweek, Frank Lampard’s side also had to shockingly come from 3-0 down to salvage a point away at Premier League returners West Brom last weekend. On the flip side, though Crystal Palace would possibly have seen Everton end their 100% start in South London last time out, Roy Hodgson’s side shocked nearly everybody with their rampant show at Old Trafford a fortnight in the past. Quietly assured of inflicting an upset and with 4 of the last 5 conferences between the 2 sides seeing both teams find the net, we’re backing a comparable outcome this weekend.
Verdict: Both teams to score
Best Odds: 4/5