Chelsea vs Crystal Palace: Mark Lawrenson gives his prediction

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BBC Football expert Mark Lawrenson has given his prediction for Chelsea’s Saturday’s Premier League game against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to BBC, he said: “Chelsea have been very skittish so far and even in the game they won, against Brighton, they gave up a lot of chances.

“Liverpool took them apart very comfortably and then they found themselves 3-0 down against West Brom. They responded well, and rescued themselves in that game, but Blues boss Frank Lampard must be wondering what his side are going to serve up next.

“Chelsea always look like scoring, but defensively they have been all over the place. I do think they will improve at the back, though, once Thiago Silva settles in and has a regular partner, because he is a proper player.

“So, I am going to go with them to break down Palace – they have definitely got the tools to do that, even though the Eagles always keep things pretty tight. If they get a clean sheet too, then I’d imagine Frank will be ecstatic.”

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

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