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Match Preview: Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

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Time for another London derby in the Premier League, as Chelsea host Crystal Palace tomorrow at 13:30 (CET).

Frank Lampard will face his former England coach Roy Hodgson for the first time in his managerial career in the upcoming London derby between Chelsea and Crystal Palace.

The Blues are heading into the fixture on the back of a five-game winning run in top-flight English football, climbing up to the fourth place in the league standings after a tough start of the 2019-20 campaign.

They’ve collected 23 points from the opening 11 rounds, only two less than the reigning champions – Manchester City.

In their most recent outing, Chelsea played a thrilling 4-4 draw with AFC Ajax in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening, as they managed to save a point from a three-goal deficit early into the second half.

For Crystal Palace, this will be the fourth consecutive Premier League visit to a London rival. They won four points in the previous three – 2-2 draw with Arsenal, 2-1 win at West Ham United and a 4-0 defeat to Tottenham.

The Eagles could be satisfied with their start of the new season, as they are currently sitting in top 10, above Manchester United, Wolverhampton and Tottenham Hotspur.

Team news

N’Golo Kante, who was an unused substitute against Ajax in midweek is expected to make his first appearance in a month in the London derby vs Crystal Palace tomorrow afternoon.

Italian midfielder Jorginho will serve a ban for accumulating five bookings, while 20-year-old sensation Mason Mount is a doubt with an ankle injury.

Crystal Palace are set to welcome back Andros Townsend, who missed the 2-0 defeat to Leicester City due to a muscular injury.

Former Chelsea captain Gary Cahill returns to Stamford Bridge to face his ex-teammates, while fellow defender Mamadou Sakho will remain on the sidelines.


Chelsea have won six of their last eight home league games against Crystal Palace, losing the other two in August 2015 and April 2017.

Frank Lampard’s side can win six consecutive Premier League games for the first time since the end of their most recent title-winning season in May 2017.

Since returning to the Premier League in 2013/14, Crystal Palace have won four of their 12 league games against Chelsea, double how many they’d beaten the Blues in their 22 previous top-flight encounters between 1969 and 2005 (two wins, nine draws, 11 defeats).

They have, however, won only two of their 17 top-flight away fixtures against Chelsea, both by 2-1 scorelines in August 2015 and April 2017 (D5, L10).

The Blues have won eight of their last 10 outings across all competitions. Their only defeat in the process came to Manchester United, 2-1 in the Carabao Cup on October 30.