Free Spending Chelsea Are Next To Challenge The Eagles

In the final game before the first international break of the season, Palace have a short trip to Stamford Bridge to take on the free spending Chelsea in the weekend’s early kick off. It will certainly be a test for the Eagles as they bid to build on their good early season points tally.

DATE

3rd October 2020

KICK OFF

12.30pm – live coverage on BT Sport

VENUE

Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, Fulham, London SW6 1HS

LAST TIME

The Eagles last made the trip to Stamford Bridge in November last year, but a rather one sided affair was settled with goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic for the hosts ensuring Palace would return home without any points.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Christian Pulisic (8.6)

OFFICIALS

REFEREE – Michael Oliver

ASSISTANTS – Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett, Darren England (fourth official)

VAR – Andre Marriner, Stephen Child (assistant)

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – Connor Wickham, Michy Batshuayi (illegible), Patrick van Aanholt, Jeffrey Schlupp, James Tomkins, Scott Dann, Gary Cahill, Nathan Ferguson

CHELSEA – Billy Gilmour, Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Marco van Ginkel

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Andreas Christensen (1)

YELLOW CARDS – Joel Ward (2), James McCarthy (1), Jeffrey Schlupp (1), Wilfried Zaha (1), James McArthur (1), Andreas Christensen (1), Marcos Alonso (1), Reece James (1)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 07/07/2020 Crystal Palace 2-3 Chelsea
  • 09/11/2019 Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace
  • 30/12/2018 Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea
  • 04/11/2018 Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace
  • 10/03/2018 Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 26/09/2020 Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton
  • 19/09/2020 Manchester United 1-3 Crystal Palace
  • 15/09/2020 Bournemouth 0-0 Crystal Palace
  • 12/09/2020 Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton
  • 05/09/2020 Crystal Palace 1-1 Brondby

Last FIVE results for Chelsea;

  • 29/09/2020 Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Chelsea
  • 26/09/2020 West Bromwich Albion 3-3 Chelsea
  • 23/09/2020 Chelsea 6-0 Barnsley
  • 20/09/2020 Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool
  • 14/09/2020 Brighton & Hove Albion 1-3 Chelsea

RECORD AGAINST CHELSEA

  • Played 55
  • Won 11
  • Drawn 15
  • Lost 29

ONE TO WATCH

EDOUARD OSOQUE MENDY

FORMER CLUBS – Le Havre Caucriauville, Le Havre, CS Municipaux Le Havre, Cherbourg, Marseille B, Reims, Reims B, Rennes

The new signing is expected to make his debut against Palace following his £22million move from French club Rennes. For a player of his age (28) you would have expected him to have made more professional appearances than he has (140) but he arrives in West London in high regard with one of his top attributes being his claiming of high balls. The Chelsea number 16 has made eight international appearances for Senegal to date.

KEY CLASH

JAMES MCARTHUR v KAI HAVERTZ

Our Scottish midfield engine will this week go up against the German starlet who received rave reviews in the Bundesliga before making the move to the Premier League. The former Leverkusen player has yet to show any signs of that form in the league but did bag a hat-trick against lower league opposition in the League Cup. The job for McArthur will be to prevent Havertz the freedom to do damage to the Eagles back line so this match up will have a big say on the final outcome.

PRE MATCH FACTS

  • Chelsea have won their last 5 matches against Palace in all competitions
  • Palace are looking continue their run of scoring in every league game this season
  • Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 home matches against Palace in all competitions
  • Palace last beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in April 2017. Before then you have to look all the way back to March 1982 for the previous away win.

PRE MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (3)
  • ASSISTS – Andros Townsend (2)
  • PASSES – James McArthur (105)
  • TACKLES – Tyrick Mitchell (16 – leads Premier League)
  • TOUCHES – James McArthur (161)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (8)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (11 – 3rd in Premier League)

PREDICTION

The hosts have yet to hit the ground running this season which is of course in its infancy so it could be a decent time to play them. Having said that, their new signings will find their way at some point but they have clearly suffered from the lack of any pre-season. In contrast, Palace look well oiled and could do some damage to the hosts back line if it looks anything like as flimsy as it did against West Brom last weekend. We can see the points being shared, and we would be happy with that.

FINAL SCORE: 1-1

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 4/11
  • Draw – 15/4
  • Away – 13/2
  • Both teams to score – 4/5

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