Chelsea are away to Crystal Palace on Sunday at the Selhurst Park for their 20th game of the season.
We’ve crossed the halfway point of the season, and Chelsea are 4th on the table, and the Blues will be hoping for a win to at least consolidate on fourth before climbing higher up the table.
In the first meeting between the two sides this season, Chelsea won the game 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, and Michael Owen believes Chelsea will get a 2-0 win at the Selhurst Park Stadium on Sunday.
The BetVictor brand ambassador said: “Palace had over 30 attempts on goal without scoring against Cardiff earlier in the week and they cannot afford such profligacy against Chelsea who had talisman Eden Hazard to thank for their win at Watford last time.
“This promises to be a full-blooded London derby with the visitors keeping the points.”
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is predicting a difficult game for Chelsea, but believes that Maurizio Sarri’s side will get a 2-1 win at the end of the day.
He told Sky Sports in his match prediction for the weekend: “They are a bag of Revels at the moment, Chelsea – you don’t know what you are going to get. They go and beat Man City at home, then they go and get beaten by Leicester at home. I just don’t think Palace have the goals in them to get anything from this.
“The form that Eden Hazard is in at the moment I cannot see anything other than a Chelsea win. It will be a hard game, because Palace can make it hard for teams, but Chelsea will have too much.”
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of this game, Maurizio Sarri revealed that Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek who did well on loan last season at Crystal Palace will be fit for this clash having missed Chelsea’s game against Watford due to back injury.
“Yes he is fit,” Sarri said of Loftus-Cheek.
“He rested for two or three days after a back problem. As you know he often has back problems, but the doctor told me he is fit for training and he will be able to play the next match.”
Sarri however revealed that Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi who are suffering hamstring injuries are unavailable for this game.
Speaking about the injuries to Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi, the Blues boss said: “[We have] Two problems, the first more serious with Pedro. A hamstring injury and I think that he will have to rest for about ten days.
“The second problem is Hudson-Odoi, it’s not a serious problem but I don’t know if he will play in the next match.”