Chelsea vs Crystal Palace: Charlie Nicholas gives his prediction

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Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has predicted Chelsea will beat Crystal Palace 2-1 on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

Explaining his prediction, Nicholas told Sky Sports: “Crystal Palace are a better side away from home. Roy Hodgson has done a fabulous job when you consider he hasn’t really got a striker on the books. Christian Benteke’s goal record tells you everything, although Jordan Ayew has four goals this campaign.

“Palace just keep plodding away – Gary Cahill has improved them. Wilfried Zaha likes to turn up in these games. Mason Mount may be out, but Christian Pulisic is two footed, has lovely balance and is a great finisher. Chelsea had a wonderful comeback against Ajax – they should have seen the job off and they didn’t in the end.

“Tammy Abraham is a bit cold and not getting into the areas that matter as such, but Willian has been playing well. I think Chelsea will get over the line but it will be a tight one.”

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