Chelsea will travel to South East London tomorrow afternoon to face Premier League struggler’s Crystal Palace.

The Eagles ended September without a league goal or point in their opening seven games of the season. Whereas the Blues were outplayed at Stamford Bridge against a strong Manchester City side who are flying high in the Premier League.

Our main centre forward Alvaro Morata is out after pulling out of Spain’s squad during the international break with a hamstring injury, while N’Golo Kante will miss the rest of October with the same problem.

Wilfried Zaha hopes to be involved for the first time since injuring his knee in Crystal Palace’s opening game, but Christian Benteke remains sidelined – a big miss for Palace.

Match Facts (BBC)

  • Palace’s only home victory in eight Premier League matches against Chelsea was 1-0 under Tony Pulis in March 2014 (D1, L6).
  • Chelsea have won the last two meetings at Selhurst Park, whilst Palace have won the last two at Stamford Bridge.
  • The last meeting between sides managed by Roy Hodgson and Antonio Conte was the 1-1 friendly draw between England and Italy in March 2015. Palace’s Andros Townsend scored England’s goal.

Predicted line-up:

Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso, Pedro, Batshuayi, Hazard


Written by Luke Newton

Aspiring sports journalist, big Chelsea fan.

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