After a very disappointing loss during the mid week fixture vs Tottenham, Chelsea return back to Stamford Bridge to take on Crystal Palace this Saturday. Frank Lampard’s men were not able to dispatch their chances created in mid week and will look to make amends for what looks to be a disappointing start to the campaign for the Blues.
The question to be asked to Frank Lampard and his team is simple: will the team be able to bounce back? It was evident at West Bromwich Albion last week that the team has the quality to but I am sure the team would love to start on the front foot against Crystal Palace. Frank Lampard will definitely look to answer some of the criticism that has come his way in both team selections and on pitch play which has not been upto the mark for now. A win before the international break will definitely lift the spirits of both the players and the supporters alike. Will Chelsea be able to do it? I certainly think so.
Crystal Palace on the other hand have enjoyed life at the start of the new Premier League season. A win against Manchester United away and at home to Southampton has given Roy Hodgson’s men a good early start to the Premier League. A close loss vs Everton in the previous week with positives to take away will mean the eagles walk into this fixture with a good run of form. The Eagles like Chelsea have looked vulnerable at the back with both sides yet to keep a Clean sheet in the league. The Eagles came close to salvaging a point not so long ago with Kurt Zouma’s heroic tackle denying them a draw at Selhurst Park the last time both sides met. It will be a competitive encounter with both sides playing for valuable points so early in the season.
Flair on the Wings! – The Ones to Watch out for
Captain Wilfred Zaha is in a rich vein of form scoring 3 of Palace’s 5 goals so far. Palace’s newly appointed captain has had a good start to life in the Premier league and will be a threat to Chelsea’s defence. His stunning strike at Selhurst park a few months back will be fresh in the memory of the Chelsea players and they will definitely need to keep an eye out for the forward
Andros Townsend has been the creative force behind all of Palace’s goals scored in the new season. He has been involved in 3 out of 5 goals scored in the last 3 games. The forward often likes to cut in from the right wing and shoot from distance as well. Along with partner Wilfred Zaha, both forwards are the biggest attacking threats whom Chelsea need to be very wary off in this fixture.
Chelsea – Momentum Needed!
In spite of the performances off late, I think Frank Lampard’s squad will come out as winners against Roy Hodgson’s side. Chelsea definitely have a lot of work to do in terms of attacking play and chance creation. Our new signings have looked promising with Timo Werner and Kai Havertz all making their mark in the Carabao cup and its only a matter of time before they start scoring in the league. One notable positive is our set piece defending which has improved quite a bit and the arrival of new goal keeper Edouard Mendy will reinforce our defence further. Chelsea need this win to gain some momentum and important points which are vital to a good start. As long as Frank Lampard gets his starting XI and substitutions right, I dont see us having too many problems against this Crystal Palace side while being vary of the threats they pose in attack.
I expect Chelsea to win 2-0 and surprise surprise, keep a clean sheet. Edouard Mendy looked very promising in the game against Tottenham and I think the goalkeeper will play a vital role along with Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell in shutting down the Eagles’ attacking threats. I predict Timo Werner to get his first goal in the league for Chelsea as well.
Match Information –
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
Kick off – 12:30 Pm BST