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CRYSTAL PALACE V CHELSEA: PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEW

CRYSTAL PALACE v CHELSEA: PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEW

Chelsea will be looking to continue their impressive form since returning to Premier League action when Crystal Palace host the Blues at Selhurst Park tonight.

What time does Crystal Palace v Chelsea kick off?

Kick-off for this evening’s game at Selhurst Park is at 18:00 BST.

Is Crystal Palace v Chelsea on TV?

Today’s game will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event.

Crystal Palace v Chelsea team news.

N’golo Kante looks set to miss out for Chelsea, after picking up a slight hamstring injury in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Watford. Mateo Kovacic and Fikayo Tomori remain absent for Frank Lampard’s side.

Crystal Palace could recall Cheikhou Kouyate, Scott Dann and James McCarthy tonight, but James Tomkins, Jeffrey Schlupp and Martin Kelly are still injured for the Eagles.

Crystal Palace v Chelsea head-to-head.

Chelsea were victorious in November’s reverse fixture, thanks to goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic.

That 2-0 win was the latest in a series of four consecutive victories for Chelsea against Palace, who have beaten the Blues just four times in 21 previous Premier League meetings.

Crystal Palace v Chelsea current form.

This is the third London derby in the space of a week for Chelsea, whose defeat at West Ham United last week is the only blemish on an otherwise perfect return since the Premier League resumed.

Crystal Palace have lost their last three games, conceding eight goals without reply, but they have never gone four games without scoring under Roy Hodgson’s management. Incidentally, Hodgson’s reign as Crystal Palace manager began with a home win over Chelsea in 2017.

Crystal Palace v Chelsea match prediction.

Chelsea will move up to third in the table with a win this evening, and the motivation for the visitors by far outweighs that of Crystal Palace, who having earned 42 points, have all but secured top-flight football next season, and have very little to play for.

Palace are the only side in the Premier League yet to score twice in a match this season, and they have won just three of their last eight games at Selhurst Park. In contrast, Chelsea have won more away points than any other Premier League sides bar Manchester City and Liverpool, and have scored two or more goals in nine of their last ten Premier League away games.

That said, Chelsea have kept just one Premier League clean sheet away from Stamford Bridge this season, so we’re going for a 3-1 Chelsea win tonight.

Best bet for Crystal Palace v Chelsea.

Chelsea’s Willian is in incredible form of late. The Brazilian midfielder has scored six goals in his last seven appearances in all competitions. Having scored from the penalty spot and having converted free-kicks in that run, you can expect him to work the Crystal Palace goalkeeper tonight. A scorecase with Willian to score the first goal and Chelsea to win is the way to go.

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