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Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: Predictions
Thomas Tuchel will look to bounce back from his first defeat as Chelsea manager after West Brom boss Sam Allardyce masterminded a 5-2 win at the Bridge which, in turn, saw London rivals West Ham steal a march on them in the top four race, and they take on a Crystal Palace side currently hovering precariously in 12th.
The Blues were comprehensively put to the sword by the Baggies after Thiago Silva received a red card, with the relegation-threatened club abandoning their attacking inhibitions and running riot against a defence that, until that point, had proven exceptionally stubborn and resilient.
Tuchel managed to put that defeat to one side as Chelsea beat Porto 2-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville on Wednesday night, scoring two important away goals for their Champions League quarter-final showdown, but attention must quickly turn to domestic matters for this all-London clash.
Palace, under the evergreen Roy Hodgson, look destined for another campaign of mid-table stability, neither in threat of relegation or challenging for Europe, but the seasoned tactician’s future remains up in air with his contract expiring this summer, so he will want to ensure his side finish the season as strong as possible.
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Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: Match Stats
There are no easy games in the Premier League as the old adage goes, and Palace can be one of the more frustrating and tricky opponents, able to cause concern with their tenacity and industry, so this could be a game for N’Golo Kante, an enforcer capable of fighting fire with fire in the centre of the pitch against Hodgson’s well-oiled and battle-hardened pros. The Frenchman has made the third-most tackles of any midfielder in the league this season (71), despite starting just 21 games, so he will be relishing the middle-third battle against the likes of Luka Milivojevic and Jairo Riedewald.
03 Oct 2020 – Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace – Premier League
07 Jul 2020 – Crystal Palace 2-3 Chelsea – Premier League
09 Nov 2019 – Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace – Premier League
30 Dec 2018 – Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea – Premier League
04 Nov 2018 – Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace – Premier League
It was a routine win for Chelsea in the reverse fixture, with Frank Lampard’s side putting on a second-half flourish that saw four goals sweep past Vicente Guaita in just 32 minutes, with Jorginho bagging a penalty brace, Ben Chilwell opening his account for the club, and even Kurt Zouma getting in on the action. Palace’s recent losing streak of six games against the Blues is their worst-ever such run against the club in league football. Can Tuchel prolong the pain?