Sunday 4 Nov

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace - Match Preview

04 Nov 2018 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Chelsea FC

  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W

vs

Kick-off
16:00 GMT
04 November 2018

Crystal Palace

  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L

Kick-off
16:00 GMT 04 November 2018

Following Saturday’s emotional Premier League fixtures, there’s a couple still to come on Sunday afternoon. One of those is a London derby between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

STATS

  • Chelsea have been revived under Maurizio Sarri after struggling with Antonio Conte last season. They are unbeaten after 10 games with seven wins and three draws, allowing them to put pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool above them who are also yet to lose. They were emphatic last time out in the league with a comfortable 4-0 win away at Burnley.
  • Crystal Palace have struggled to replicate their good form from the back end of last season so far. They’re 14th in the table and find themselves looking down rather than up at the sides above them. They haven’t won in five league games but came from behind to secure a point against Arsenal last week which ended the Gunners' run of 11 consecutive wins.
  • Eden Hazard is the leading goalscorer in the Premier League at the moment with seven goals and after missing their last couple of games, he’s expected to start on Sunday.
  • Wilfried Zaha has been Crystal Palace’s stand-out performer yet again this term and he seems most likely to create goalscoring openings when he goes forward for them.

HEAD TO HEAD

Palace will be happy with their recent record against Chelsea, winning three of the last six meetings with the fellow Londoners. Chelsea have won the other three, but lost the most recent fixture in front of their own fans as they were beaten 2-1. Each of the last three meetings have finished 2-1 with nine of the last ten being won by a single goal.

CHELSEA NEWS

Depending on Man City’s result with Southampton, Chelsea could go top of the table with three points on Sunday. As mentioned, Hazard should play at least some part in the match while Olivier Giroud won’t be risked.

Latest matches: Chelsea FC

31.10.2018 EFL Chelsea FC Derby County 3:2 W
28.10.2018 Prem Burnley FC Chelsea FC 0:4 W
25.10.2018 UEFA Chelsea FC FC BATE Borisov 3:1 W
20.10.2018 Prem Chelsea FC Manchester United 2:2 D
07.10.2018 Prem Southampton FC Chelsea FC 0:3 W

CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS

Even a victory for the visitors may not see them move up the table as they are three points behind West Ham in 13th. They have some injury worries but Zaha, Cheikhou Kouyate and James McArthur are expected to return to the starting XI.

Latest matches: Crystal Palace

31.10.2018 EFL Middlesbrough FC Crystal Palace 1:0 L
28.10.2018 Prem Crystal Palace Arsenal FC 2:2 D
21.10.2018 Prem Everton FC Crystal Palace 2:0 L
06.10.2018 Prem Crystal Palace Wolverhampton Wanderers 0:1 L
01.10.2018 Prem Bournemouth AFC Crystal Palace 2:1 L

SUMMARY

After a blistering start to life under Sarri, it’s hard to see anything other than a comfortable Chelsea win on Sunday despite Crystal Palace having a decent record against the Blues. It might be worth a punt on Chelsea with a -1 handicap or even for them to win to nil with the Eagles struggling in front of goal this term.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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