Chelsea look to boounce back against Crystal Palace to keep pressure on Arsenal
Chelsea and Crystal Palace have identical records over the past six Premier League matches with both teams going 3-1-2. Chelsea are coming into this match on the back of a 3-2 loss to Stoke City in the second consecutive EPL match in which they allowed three goals.
The good news for Chelsea is that they have been able to score at least two goals in their previous 12 home Premier League games where they are also unbeaten in their last 16. Compare this to Crystal Palace who have one away win in their last seven matches, which came in the 1-0 over Hull City.
Coming into this match at Stamford Bridge Chelsea are in third place with 30 points (level with Liverpool) placing them just five points behind Arsenal. Crystal Palace, on the other hand, is sitting second from the bottom in 19th place with only 13 points. However, they are also even with Fulham and West Ham while being one point behind Cardiff in 16th place and two points behind West Brom in 15th.
What to expect from the Match
Chelsea will look to close the gap between themselves and first placed Arsenal with the welcome of Crystal Palace and their form against the Eagles suggests they’ll secure maximum points having won 7 and drawn 4 of their last 11 league meetings with Palace.
Palace have won 3 of their last 5 league games and haven’t conceded a goal in 457 minutes of top flight football. However, they’ve won just once away from home this season and come up against a Chelsea side that have dropped points at Stamford Bridge just the once this term, that coming in the 2-2 draw with West Brom.
Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat to Stoke was their first in 5 Premier League games and they’ll be looking to return to winning ways against a rejuvenated Palace side. Marco van Ginkel is the Blues’ only injury absentee after Oscar and David Luiz returned to first team duties in the win over Steaua. Despite conceding 6 goals in their last 2 games, Gary Cahill is expected to partner John Terry in defence.
Crystal Palace have begun life under Tony Pulis superbly following back-to-back victories against West Ham United and Cardiff City and will look to build on their recent good run of form with the trip to Chelsea. The Eagles will be without injured trio Glenn Murray, Adlène Guédioura and Patrick McCarthy, while Jerome Thomas and Jack Hunt are both doubts. Nevertheless, Pulis may persist with an unchanged XI from the side that defeated Cardiff 2-0 last time out.
Predicted Starting line ups
While the Blues backline has been prone to errors of late, they’re expected to maintain their impressive home form against Palace. .
Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace
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