Date: Tuesday 7th July 2020
Venue: Selhurst Park
Kick-off: 18:00 BST
The post-lockdown games are relentless, and tonight’s game sees us make the short trip to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace.
Roy Hodgson’s men have lost their last three games, whilst we had a convincing 3-0 win over Watford last time out after our slip up against West Ham. Our win at the weekend was the perfect response after the let-down against the Hammers.
Leicester had a win, United had flexed their muscles earlier in the day as well, and there was much social media posturing to contend with before the game, so the performances from Pulisic, Mason Mount and Willian were a joy, alongside a much more reassuring defensive display with Zouma looking particularly solid. There will be tougher opponents to face than Watford though, and whilst Palace aren’t a side fighting against the drop, that doesn’t mean they won’t be up for a battle.
This is another London derby, against another side who look like they can’t buy a win, and we know all too well what happens when our players take these games too lightly.
Going into today’s game, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, says “We have been a bit unlucky in the sense that in this very tight period we are playing against the top teams who have started well. I thought Chelsea were looking good before the break and they’ve come back and continued that, they are a very, very good team, many, many good players and irrespective of our own position at this moment in time it would’ve been a very difficult game to play.
All we can do is prepare for it, I do look forward to it, I know the players are looking forward to it and we will do our best, work hard and make life as difficult for them as possible but we are 100% aware of the challenges that the quality they have is going to present to us.”
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, meanwhile, says “I’d like to think they [Chelsea players] are not ignoring what is happening around them. Football has never be on TV more than it has at this time. I expect them to buy into that and want to see what results are happening around us. I think that’s pretty much human nature. On a sporting level I think that means you care and want to see what’s happening. And then there has to be a slight switch off and a flip to the fact you focus on yourselves. We can’t control the other games, we’re interested in them but we can certainly control what we do. It can fire you up a little bit, seeing what’s happening around you. But the position we’re in means a lot is in our own hands and that’s the main thing. When we train, when we prepare, when we play, we focus absolutely on putting out the best performance.”
For Crystal Palace, James Tomkins, Jeffrey Schlupp and Martin Kelly are expected to miss out.
For Chelsea, Mateo Kovacic and defender Fikayo Tomori remain out and N’Golo Kante (hamstring) joins them on the sidelines.
CRYSTAL PALACE (Possible line-up): Guaita; Ward, Cahill, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Ayew, McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Zaha; Benteke
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Alonso; Barkley, Jorginho, Mount; Willian, Giroud, Pulisic
Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea (30th December 2018)
CURRENT FORM (PL)
CRYSTAL PALACE: WWWLLL
- Chelsea have won their last four games against Crystal Palace.
- Palace have recorded four victories in 21 previous Premier League matches against Chelsea.
- Palace have lost three consecutive games by an aggregate score of 8-0.
- Palace have won just three of their past eight home league fixtures.
- Palace have not recorded a draw in 10 league outings.
- Palace have recorded just two league wins this season against teams currently in the top half of the table.
- Chelsea have won four of their last five league games
- Chelsea have accrued 27 points in away matches this term
- Chelsea have scored 33 away goals
- Chelsea have kept just one Premier League clean sheet away from home this term
- Chelsea have scored two goals or more in nine of their last 10 top-flight fixtures
Sportsmole: Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea
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