MATCH PREVIEW: CRYSTAL PALACE VS CHELSEA

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Kick-off: Saturday, October 14, 2017. 14:00 GMT

Venue: Selhurst Park

It’s Game Week 8, and Chelsea will be away to Crystal Palace at the Selhurst Park stadium.

Crystal Palace are bottom of the table and are yet to win a game, get a point or even score a goal in the Premier League this season. Palace have conceded 17 goals from 7 games played so far this season.

Chelsea on the other hand are fourth on the table, and have won 4, lost 2 and drawn one of their 7 league games played so far.

Palace shocked Chelsea last season with a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge on the 1st of April, and in the last six league meetings between the two sides, Chelsea have won four, while Palace have won two.

The Blues have also defeated Palace nine times over the last twelve meetings, and in the last seven league meetings away at Crystal Palace, Chelsea have won six and lost just one. Palace’s only home victory in eight Premier League matches against Chelsea was 1-0 under Tony Pulis in March 2014 (D1, L6).

Interestingly, Chelsea have won the last two meetings at Selhurst Park, whilst Palace have won the last two at Stamford Bridge.

Palace are in terrible form in what is the second longest goalless run from the start of an English league season. Their current drought of 630 minutes is surpassed only by Halifax, who went 730 minutes without a goal in the fourth tier in 1990.

The last time Palace scored a league goal was on 14 May – a goal scored by Patrick van Aanholt in the final minute of a 4-0 home win against Hull.

A defeat to Chelsea would establish another unwanted club league record of nine successive losses.

For the away side, Chelsea have won eight of their last nine Premier League away matches, the exception being a 2-0 defeat at Manchester United in April.

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