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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace - Match Preview

04 Nov 2018 Tampines -Tanjong Pagar ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Chelsea FC

  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W


16:00 GMT
04 November 2018

Crystal Palace

  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L

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.


  • 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.


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.


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


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


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 - Tampines -Tanjong Pagar

  1. Tampines: Tampines Football Club, also known as Tampines Rovers, is a professional soccer team based in Singapore. They compete in the Singapore Premier League (SPL) and have a rich history in Singaporean football. Here are some key points to consider about Tampines:


  • Experienced Squad: Tampines Rovers have a good mix of experienced players who bring a wealth of knowledge and skill to the team.
  • Strong Attack: The team boasts several talented attacking players who are capable of creating scoring opportunities and finding the back of the net.
  • Consistent Performers: Tampines Rovers have been consistently competitive in the SPL, often finishing near the top of the league table.


  • Defensive Vulnerabilities: At times, Tampines Rovers have shown vulnerabilities in their defense, which can lead to conceding goals.
  • Inconsistency: While they have had successful campaigns in the past, there have been instances where they struggled to maintain a consistent performance level.
  1. Tanjong Pagar: Tanjong Pagar United Football Club is another Singaporean soccer team that participates in the Singapore Premier League. After a hiatus, they made a return to the league in recent years. Here's an assessment of Tanjong Pagar:


  • Resurgence: After their return to the SPL, Tanjong Pagar has shown resilience and determination to re-establish themselves as a competitive team.
  • Young Talent: The team has invested in young players, giving them opportunities to develop and showcase their abilities.
  • Fighting Spirit: Tanjong Pagar has displayed a never-give-up attitude, often putting up spirited performances even against stronger opponents.


  • Limited Squad Depth: Tanjong Pagar may face challenges due to a relatively smaller squad and fewer resources compared to some other teams in the league.
  • Defensive Fragility: The team has struggled with defensive solidity at times, leading to conceding goals more frequently.

Overall, Tampines Rovers have a stronger track record and a more established presence in the Singapore Premier League. They possess experienced players and have a history of competitive performances. On the other hand, Tanjong Pagar is a team that has been rebuilding and showing signs of progress. While they may face challenges, they have displayed resilience and a commitment to improvement.

It's important to note that soccer teams' performance can vary over time, so it's always a good idea to keep up with the latest news and updates on their progress.

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