Chelsea have been warned to be on guard when they welcome London rivals Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League. The Blues are third in the Premier League, level on points with Leicester City after 11 games, and have been exciting thus far.
The Blues started slowly this season but have improved immensely and currently have 5 wins from their last 5 Premier League games. They are also on course to make it to the knockout stages of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League.
However, they face a tricky Palace who are currently 9th in the League and have already won away to Manchester United and West Ham thus far, with a draw against Arsenal at the Emirates.
Roy Hodgson’s men are very comfortable on the counter and this tactic appears to be helping them in the away fixtures. Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas had his say ahead of the game and opined that it would be a tight one.
“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,” he told Sky Sports.
“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.”
He believes Frank Lampard’s men will emerge victoriously with a 2-1 win.