Chelsea will play host to Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League in an effort to snap a three-match losing streak in all competitions.
The Blues will enter the game coming off of a 2-1 league loss at Fulham, while Palace just lost 2-1 to Southampton in the third round of the FA Cup.
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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Prediction
This is a crucial game for Chelsea because, in order for Potter to stay in charge, the team needs to start turning the tide. We just have a feeling that the hosts will be able to maneuver their way to a crucial three points on Sunday afternoon, despite the fact that Palace are more than capable of inflicting more misery on the Blues.
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Although there is no denying that Graham Potter’s tenure as manager has had a difficult start, he is not thought to be under significant pressure at the moment. Instead, Chelsea’s manager is anticipated to be given time to turn things around at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues, who enter this game off the heels of three straight losses in all competitions, including their last two in the league, have won eight, drawn four, and lost seven of their 19 games under the leadership of the 47-year-old.
In fact, Chelsea lost 2-1 to Fulham on Thursday in the league, following back-to-back losses to Manchester City in the Premier League and FA Cup, respectively. In those games, Chelsea gave up five goals to Pep Guardiola’s team while failing to score any goals.
Before traveling to Borussia Dortmund for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League match, the Blues have four league games remaining against Palace, Liverpool, Fulham, and West Ham United.
A Champions League appearance this season is in serious doubt as Potter’s team is currently down in 10th place in the table, about 10 points behind fourth-placed Manchester United who have a game in hand.
Chelsea has defeated Palace in each of their last 11 Premier League encounters, with their lone loss coming in October 2017. This run of success should give them confidence going into this game.
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In fact, Palace’s most recent victory over Chelsea came in that contest in October 2017 at Selhurst Park, where the home team prevailed 2-1 with Wilfried Zaha scoring the game’s deciding goal in the 45th minute.
A victory on Saturday would bring Patrick Vieira’s team even with Chelsea, who are currently ahead of the Eagles by just three points in the Premier League standings despite having played one more game.
Palace lost 4-0 to Tottenham Hotspur at home on January 4 in league play, and they were also defeated by Southampton last weekend in the FA Cup. As a result, the London club has yet to win in 2023.
For the remainder of the season, the Eagles only have to worry about the league, and they have three challenging games remaining, including two against Man United and Newcastle United.
In the league, Vieira’s team has struggled on the road this year, earning just nine points from eight games. However, they have won two of their last three away games against West Ham United and Bournemouth, and the visitors will look to capitalize on Chelsea’s misfortunes.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Team News
Reece James, Wesley Fofana, N’Golo Kante, Armando Broja, Ben Chilwell, Raheem Sterling, Edouard Mendy, and Christian Pulisic are just a few of the many Chelsea players out with injuries.
Due to the injury he sustained against Fulham, Denis Zakaria is also a major question mark. Ruben Loftus-Cheek may also be under the weather because of the match’s potential timing.
Meanwhile, on-loan Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix was dismissed on his debut against Fulham, and as a result, he will be suspended for the team’s subsequent three games.
Marc Cucurella, Jorginho, and Hakim Ziyech could all make starts in three different lineup adjustments from the team that faced Fulham at the start of the game.
Tyrick Mitchell is expected to join the starting lineup in defense for Palace now that he has served his suspension.
The Eagles are in good shape going into the London derby, but they will once again be without James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson due to injury.
There won’t likely be any major surprises in the starting lineup for the away team on Sunday, with Zaha likely to be joined by Jordan Ayew and Eberechi Eze in the final third of the field.
Joel Ward will likely be the defender to miss out because Mitchell will move back to left back and Nathaniel Clyne will move to right back.
Possible Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Starting Lineups
Chelsea starting lineups:
- T Silva
Crystal Palace starting lineups:
- J Ayew