Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 3 October 2020
Kick-off at 12:30 UK/ 13:30 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are slowly entering panic mode. After lavishly spending in the transfer market, the team has failed so far to show results on the pitch. They have a single win till now in the league, and after harboring top-three hopes in the pre-season, they are already five points behind the toppers.
Sure it takes time for new players to adapt to the Premier League. But the kind of form defending champions Liverpool, challengers Leicester etc are showing – Frank Lampard will soon have to figure out a way to post points consistently on the board.
He really does not have the luxury of time to experiment with his players.
On that regards, this is a must-win game. And it helps that they are taking on the Glaziers.
Roy Hodgson’s men might have won their opening two games, but they really are in no shape to take on a top-four team like that of the Blues.
Moreover, Lampard’s men are desperate, and he has a hungry set of players who are eager to justify their huge transfer hanging above their heads.
On top of that, the Blues also do have a great h2h record against this opponent.
Likely, expect a strong performance by Chelsea this Saturday.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Lampard’s men are on a five-game winning run.
- They had scored two or more goals in four of the preceding five clashes.
- They had also recorded 18 of the previous 22 overall wins.
- Since 1995, not once have the hosts failed to score at this stadium.
- The guests have a total of just two wins at this ground in the past three decades.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace: Prediction
The 2016-17 champions were held to a 3-3 draw on the road the last match-day, by West Brom. Meanwhile, the Glaziers lost 1-2 at home the past game week against Everton.
As things stand, the Blues have the upper hand. They are on a five-fixture winning run against this rival, and they had also recorded 18 of the preceding 22 overall h2h wins.
And at this stadium, this dominance has been even frightening. In fact, they have lost just twice against Hodgson’s men at this venue since 1990.
Moreover, Lampard’s men had won seven of their former eight appearances at home, and this sole loss had come against Liverpool. On the other hand, the Glaziers had lost five of their preceding seven road trips.
Considering these stats, expect a Chelsea win at the Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace: Betting Tips
Chelsea to Win @ 1.40 (2/5)
To Score in First Half: Chelsea @ 1.50 (1/2).