Standard Sports’ Giuseppe Muro is at Stamford Bridge for today’s game, where the spotlight is on Frank Lampard after Chelsea’s huge transfer expense this summer.
The Blues have only won one of their first three Premier League games and face a Crystal Palace side that have two out of three wins – including the impressive 3-1 win at Manchester United.
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14 minutes: Chelsea’s fast football and they use the flanks well in these early stages of the game. Hudson-Odoi finds Havertz on the edge of the box and he sets it up well for Kante, who curls up.
11 minutes: Palace makes his first real adventure as Eze picks Ward, who had broken free on the right, but Chilwell, who looks much fresher than him against Tottenham, makes a solid block.
Giuseppe Muro at Stamford Bridge“The battle between Wilfried Zaha and Thiago Silva should be good this afternoon. Palace showed Manchester United on the opening weekend how good they can be during the break away from home and Chelsea have looked vulnerable at full back in the opening weeks. The season. The Blues have started well here and seem to be causing problems for Palace on both sides. ”
Jorginho decides to wrap him up in search of Abraham, but the attacker’s header attempt goes harmlessly.
Azpilicueta hugs the sideline and forms an inviting cross at the nearest post, but all is well before Abraham can connect with him.
Chilwell resumes, but this time referee Michael Oliver spots a violation.
Chilwell whips him with his left foot but Kouyate frees himself.
The players are on the pitch and it is almost time to start the Premier League weekend.
Five of Chelsea’s seven summer signings are on the list today, while Palace show their £ 16million purchase of Ebere Eze. It should be a cracker!
“There is no more Rudiger. His potential loan transfer to Tottenham is an intriguing prospect. “
The Blues have won their last three home games against Palace, although the Eagles have already shaken the odds with a 2-1 win in April 2017.
His compatriot Timo Werner is still awaiting his first Premier League goal. Chelsea are hoping their German double act will deliver against Crystal Palace.
“In terms of our principles, nothing has changed. We always created chances, but we didn’t mark them. We continue to work on the same movements, models and ideas. “
About Mercy King
“We thought long and hard before signing him. We thought we knew very well what we were getting and so far we are delighted that the person we thought we were buying was the person we bought. This is his second start in the Premier League. and play against world stars. ”
“Obviously I’ve been here for over a month now and I’m back in great shape now, I’m excited for my first Premier League start.
“I think it suits me very well. We play attacking football, we look to apply pressure when we don’t have the ball and I’m delighted to be involved today. “
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has decided to rotate his squad from the squad that lost on penalties to Tottenham in midweek.
There are four changes in total, with Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, Kai Havertz and Tammy Abraham returning to the side.
Fikayo Tomori, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud all fall to the bench, with Christian Pulisic back in the squad after his injury.
Antonio Rudiger is out of the squad with a possible loan before the transfer deadline on Monday.
Crystal Palace is unchanged since its 2-1 loss to Everton.
CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS
Subs : Milivojevic, Dann, Meyer, Hennessey, Benteke, Kelly, Riedewald.
Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Zouma, Chilwell, Kante, Jorginho, Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, Werner, Abraham.
Submarines: Arrizabalaga, Pulisic, Tomori, Kovacic, Giroud, Mount, James.
Here’s how we expect Crystal Palace to line up…
Here’s how we expect Chelsea to line up today …
Team news will be confirmed at 11:30 am, with the match starting at Stamford Bridge at 12:30 pm.
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Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace
It’s fair to say that Chelsea have been disappointing since the start of the season and Tuesday’s collapse against Tottenham will have concerned Frank Lampard. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, impressed with victories over Southampton and Manchester United.
Chelsea have enough on them, at least on paper, to see Palace. They should do the job on Saturday.
Steam and Live TV Info
TV Channel: The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1, with coverage from 11:30 am.
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