Preview - Chelsea vs Crystal Palace 09 November 19

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Match Day 12
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace
Saturday, November 9th 2019
20:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Chelsea:
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.27
Average goals against per match: 1.55
Top Scorer: Tammy Abraham (9)

Crystal Palace:
Last five matches form: W W L D L
Average goals per match: 0.91
Average goals against per match: 1.27
Top Scorer: Jordan Ayew (4)

We have a London Derby this week on Match Day 12 in the Premier League as fourth placed Chelsea welcome ninth placed Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge. One of the more dangerous away sides in the division, will Palace be able to pull off another big result here?

Chelsea completed the double over Palace in the league last season - coming out on top 3-1 in this one, and winning 1-0 in the reverse at Selhurst Park.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Antonio RĂ¼diger miss out for Chelsea as does the suspended Jorginho. Palace will be without Connor Wickham and Mamadou Sakho.

Chelsea are flying in the Premier League at present and head into this game seeking their sixth league win on the spin. The Blues style does seem to be a little more well suited to playing away from home though. They only just managed to unlock Newcastle here and have been held to a draw by both Leicester and Sheffield United.

Palace have again been pretty decent on their travels so far - picking up wins at West Ham and Manchester United and a draw last time out at Arsenal. They have scored twice in three of their last four.

The Eagles ought to be the slightly fresher side having had the week off, whereas Chelsea were involved in that 4-4 thriller against Ajax here in the Champion's League.

Palace are undoubtedly dangerous and can make this tough. We have been very impressed with Chelsea going forward so far this season an see their much greater goal threat being the difference on the day.

Prediction: Chelsea 2 - 1 Crystal Palace

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots: 23 - 3
Shots on target: 5 - 1
Corner Kicks: 7 - 0
Possession: 60% - 40%


Willian, Emerson and Mateo Kovacic were all booked for the home side, with Wilfried Zaha and James McCarthy of Palace also having their names taken by referee Mike Dean.


A thoroughly impressive home performance from Chelsea this. Well on top in possession and racking up 23 total shots, they did more than enough to earn the three points on the day. They did have to wait a little while for the first goal to come, but once it did arrive, the destination of the points never really looked in doubt.


Chelsea were much the brighter of the sides in the opening exchanges. Vicente Guaita doing well to deny Christian Pulisic and Willian being foiled by an excellent defensive block. Goalless at the break though.


The opener arrived seven minutes into the second half. Lovely flicked through ball from Willian on the edge of the area to play in Tammy Abraham in the left of the box. Palace appealed vainly for offside as the red-hot Abraham confidently dispatched into the bottom right corner from eight yards or so.


A one goal lead is always a little precarious and the Blues fans were no doubt relieved when the second arrived in the 79th minute. Pulisic finding Michy Batshuayi in the area and the forward seeing his strike blocked up into the air. It was Pulisic who was the man chasing in though to nod home the deflected ball from a couple of yards out on the left. 2-0 final score.


Chelsea move up to third on the back of this win ahead of the huge clash between Liverpool and Manchester City this weekend. Palace slip down to tenth.

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