OWEN GIVES HIS PREDICTION FOR CHELSEA VS CRYSTAL PALACE

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Former Premier League striker Michael Owen expects Chelsea to beat Crystal Palace 2-0 when both sides clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri became the first Chelsea manager to go unbeaten in his first 10 Premier League games when Chelsea beat Burnley 4-0 at Turf Moor last weekend and Owen expects Sarri to make it 11 games unbeaten when the Blues host Crystal Palace.

“Maurizio Sarri became the first Chelsea manager to go unbeaten in his first 10 Premier League games when they thrashed Burnley 4-0 at Turf Moor on Sunday,” Owen told Metro UK.

“They can maintain their excellent start to the season at the expense of Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace in this London derby.

“The Eagles thoroughly deserved their point against Arsenal on Sunday and could have won at Goodison but for a missed penalty in their last away league game. They are likely to find this Blues side a different proposition however.”

Ahead of the game against Crystal Palace, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has urged the players to press better and win lost balls immediately.

“We need to improve in recovering the ball in the other half,” Sarri said.

“We need to press in the opponents’ half. We need to recover immediately the lost ball and to do that we need to have good positions behind the line of the ball when we are in the offensive phase.

“Sometimes we are in the wrong positions, like in the last matches, so it is impossible to recover immediately the lost ball. It is impossible not to give to the opponents spaces for the counter-attacks. So we need first of all to improve in the offensive positions if we want to be solid.”

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