2019-20 Premier League: Week 12 – Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

After a pulsating clash against Ajax in midweek, Chelsea now face a tense London Derby as they welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge. 

Victory will lift Chelsea temporarily up to second whilst Palace could go fifth for at least a few hours if they can take all three points.

 

Team news

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Mason Mount is a doubt for Chelsea after limping out of their midweek thriller against Ajax with an ankle injury.

Ross Barkley continues to be a doubt as he continues to recover from his own ankle injury, which has seen him miss the Blues’ last five games.

Jorginho (suspension), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Achilles), Marco van Ginkel (knee) and Antonio Rudiger (pelvic) are also absent.

Crystal Palace could have Andros Townsend available after the winger missed their last two outings with a muscular injury.

James McCarthy (back), Cheikhou Kouyate, Gary Cahill (both head) are however doubts after the trio all picked up injuries against Leicester last weekend.

Mamadou Sakho and Connor Wickham are still out with undisclosed injury issues.

 

Form

Chelsea enter this match with one defeat in their last ten across all competitions, including five straight league wins in which they kept clean sheets in their last two home games. 

Crystal Palace enter this match with five points from their last five games but have conceded twice in each of their last three outings, of which all three games were against teams currently sat above them in the table. 

 

Stat Attack 

  • This is Chelsea’s 55th meeting with Crystal Palace in all competitions (W27, D15, L12).
  • Chelsea have won their last three games against Palace, although their only clean sheet in those three games came in a 1-0 win in December 2018.
  • Palace have won and lost two apiece from their last four trips to Stamford Bridge and have scored in all four matches, which is their longest scoring away streak against Chelsea.
  • Palace’s Gary Cahill has never scored in this fixture in eight appearances for Chelsea before switching to the Eagles this summer.
  • Neither team are yet to score from a free-kick this season in the Premier League.

 

Prediction

Chelsea are currently firing on all cylinders on the attack which is great, although I am worried about their defensive ability because they are making too many sloppy errors at the back as demonstrated in their last two matches. 

Palace therefore really need to maximise their flank play with Townsend and Zaha because if they can open up the back four with crosses, they could easily bang in some basic goals against this weak Chelsea defence. 

I therefore can ultimately see Chelsea getting punished here for their continuous defensive errors in an entertaining draw. 

Prediction: Chelsea 2-2 Crystal Palace

Result: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

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