The Game-Week 26 of the Premier League kicking off on Saturday, will feature Crystal Palace taking on Chelsea on 19th February at 08:30 PM IST. The fixture will take place at the Selhurst Park Stadium and hence, will be an away game for the Blues.
Crystal Palace are currently sitting 13th in the PL and are coming from a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Brentford. In their last 16 PL London Derbies, the Eagles have just won one. Hence, the team needs a much-needed victory after slipping down in form lately.
Crystal Palace Premier League Form: L D L D D
On the other hand, Chelsea are sitting 3rd in the table, 7-points behind 2nd placed Liverpool. Even though the league title seems out of contention for the Blues, the team is returning with a Club World Cup to their name. Therefore, the London Giants will be high on spirit and morale to face off in the London derby.
Chelsea Premier League Form: D D L D W
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: The Eagles’ team news and injury updates:
The Eagles will highly miss midfielder Conor Gallagher, who will be ineligible to play against his parent club, Chelsea. Nathan Ferguson is also sidelined until April.
AFCON winner Cheikhou Kouyate will be available to play for his club after returning from the competition. Centre-back Marc Guehi is expected to start, while forward Michael Olise will be in contention to take up a forward position as a result of his current form.
Crystal Palace Predicted Lineup:
Butland; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Kouyate, Hughes, Schlupp; Ayew, Edouard, Zaha
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: The Blues’ team news and injury updates:
The Blues will continue to be without Reece James, Ben Chilwell, and Mason Mount due to hamstring, knee, and ankle injuries respectively.
Having missed the Club World Cup final due to injury, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is back in training and will be in contention to feature on the weekend. Due to the upcoming Champions League game against Lille, Thomas Tuchel is likely to field fringe players Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic against Patrick Vieira’s men
Chelsea Predicted Lineup:
Mendy; Chalobah, Christensen, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Ziyech, Lukaku, Pulisic
Our score predictions: Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea
While Palace have been a quite tough team to beat this season, Chelsea would like to make up on a lost form. With history backing the Blues and eight successive wins against the Eagles, Tuchel’s men will increase the streak with another cruising victory.
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