Chelsea vs Crystal Palace : What Do You Need To Know About The Premier League Match
Palace’s 4-0 defeat at Manchester United ensured the Eagles ended September without a single League goal or point in their opening seven games of the season.
Roy Hodgson has his work cut out to keep Palace in the top flight, but Antonio Conte’s champions are also heading into the Selhurst Park clash under pressure.
Chelsea were comprehensively outplayed in their 1-0 home defeat against Manchester City break the international break, and Conte knows the Blues can ill-afford further slip-ups if they are to mount a successful title defence.
Match Details :
Date : Saturday, October 14th.
Time : 15:00 BST/ 19:30 IST.
Venue : Selhurst Park.(Crystal Palace)
TV Broadcast : Star Sports Select 1/HD 1 (India)
Live Streaming Link : www.Rondalo7.net
Team News :
Crystal Palace : Wilfried Zaha is back in training following his knee injury, and is winning his fitness race ahead of Saturday’s match.
With Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham currently out, that means either Bakary Sako or Freddie Ladapo will likely lead the attack against Chelsea given that Ruben Loftus-Cheek cannot face his parent club.
Chelsea : Alvaro Morata is confident he will be fit to face Palace despite pulling out of Spain’s squad for the international break with a hamstring injury.
Conte may make a number of changes given that Chelsea play Roma in the Champions League four days after they face Palace, with the likes of Davide Zappacosta pushing for starts.
N’Golo Kante could also miss out after picking up a hamstring problem on international duty for France.
Palace starting XI: Hennessey, Ward, Sakho, Delaney, Van Aanholt, Cabaye, Milivojevic, Puncheon, Townsend, Zaha, Schlupp
Chelsea starting XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso, Pedro, Batshuayi, Hazard.
Match stats :
Crystal Palace have won only one of their previous eight Premier League matches against Chelsea at Selhurst Park (W1 D1 L6), winning 1-0 in March 2014 under Tony Pulis.
Chelsea (421) have won more points in Premier League London derbies than any other side in the competition’s history (P232 W119 D64 L49).
Crystal Palace are currently on the second longest run in minutes without scoring from the start of the season in Football League history (630 minutes) – only Halifax Town in the fourth tier in 1990-91 (730 minutes) had a longer wait to score.
The last top-flight team to lose their opening eight matches of a season were Manchester United in 1930-31, who went on to lose their first 12.
Crystal Palace could become the first team in Football League history to lose nine consecutive games without scoring – on only three other occasions have a team lost eight games in a row without scoring and only once in the top-flight (Sunderland between November 1976 and January 1977).
Chelsea have failed to score in two of their last three Premier League matches under Antonio Conte, as many as in their previous 36. The Blues only failed to score in three of their 38 PL games last season and have already drawn a blank in two of their seven so far this term.
Crystal Palace have an xG total of 8.14 in the Premier League this season, meaning that, based on historic data, the average side would be expected to have scored eight goals from the chances they have been presented. In comparison, Chelsea have scored 12 goals despite having an xG total of just 6.81.
Antonio Conte could become the first Chelsea manager to record two separate winning runs of 6+ Premier League away games (also December 2016), with the Blues winning their last five on the road in the PL.
Roy Hodgson has never lost his first four Premier League games in charge of a team (lost first three with Fulham).
Hodgson could become only the second permanent manager to lose his first four Premier League games in charge of a side without scoring a single goal after his predecessor Frank De Boer. Prior to this season, no permanent Premier League manager had lost their first four without scoring at a club.
Cesc Fabregas (49 goals) could become just the third Spanish player to net 50 goals in the Premier League after Diego Costa (52) and Fernando Torres (85). Fabregas could be the first Spanish midfielder to reach this milestone.