Premier League In Focus – Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Preview

When? Saturday 10th March, 17:30 (UK)

Where? Stamford Bridge

What channel is it on? BT Sport 1

Are tickets still available?

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Where can I stream the match? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Chelsea W2, Crystal Palace W3
Premier League meetings: Chelsea W11, Crystal Palace W4, D2
All-time meetings: Chelsea W24, Crystal Palace W12, D15

CHELSEA

Predicted line-up: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen; Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard

Unavailable: David Luiz (Injured), Ampadu (Injured)

Doubtful: Barkley (Injured), Bakayoko (Injured)

CRYSTAL PALACE

Predicted line-up: Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Tomkins, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Milivojevic, McArthur, Schlupp; Sorloth, Benteke

Unavailable: Wickham (Injured), Dann (Injured), Puncheon (Injured), Loftus-Cheek (Injured), Sako (Injured), Speroni (Injured), Zaha (Injured), Sakho (Injured)

Doubtful: Ward (Injured), Cabaye (Injured)

PREDICTION
Chelsea’s top four hopes have diminished slightly as of late with four Premier League defeats in their last six matches. That downturn in form has seen them slip five points behind cross-town rivals Tottenham and they face more London opposition in the shape of Crystal Palace this weekend. Roy Hodgson’s men were desperately unlucky to come away from their clash with Manchester United on Monday night with nothing to show for their efforts, and that defeat sees them stay in the bottom three.

Chelsea were uninspiring against Manchester City last weekend and a positive performance is long overdue. It is a must-win for game for both sides albeit for differing reasons and if the home side do not land all three points then the pressure on Antonio Conte will only increase further.

MEMORABLE MEETING
Last season’s clash at Stamford Bridge almost threatened to blow the title race wide open as Sam Allardyce masterminded a huge upset in West London. Chelsea may have taken an early lead via Cesc Fabregas but a quickfire reply from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke turned the game on its head as Crystal Palace earned three vital points in their bid to beat the drop.