Michael Owen gives his prediction as he claims Lampard will face the heat if Chelsea don’t beat Palace

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Chelsea play host to Crystal Palace in a crunch lunchtime kick-off at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and it’s a must win game for the Blues.

Since the opening day victory against Brighton, Chelsea have been unable to get maximum points in the Premier League this season.

The 3-3 draw against West Brom was a new low for Frank Lampard’s side, as the team went 3-0 down at half-time.

Giving his predictions for this weekend’s round of matches, Michael Owen has backed Chelsea to beat Crystal Palace 3-1, and believes that Lampard will be on fire if his team gets anything less than a victory.

The BetVictor ambassador said: “It’s crunch time for Chelsea. Points dropped last weekend after a defeat to Liverpool means that if the Blues don’t take maximum points here, the heat will be turned up a notch on Frank Lampard.

“For all the criticism levelled at Chelsea this week, it must be said that they showed tremendous grit to come back from 3-0 down at West Brom and come away with a point. Manchester United conquerors Crystal Palace will again quietly fancy their chances here, but I fancy Chelsea to fire and come away with the points.”

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