This is ultimately a match for CHANGE!

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace marks the end of all possible excuses for the sloppy start to the campaign. Be it poor pre-season; yet to have the strongest XI OR the new signings need time lyrics. After spending about $200m on transfers, not much time will be given. Frank Lampard needs to remix his sound.  

On what is Chelsea’s first London derby of the season, Lampard faces Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace in the game week 4 of the 2020/21 Premier League season. To agree with the statistic, Palace shouldn’t cause a worry – as we had won our last 5 games against them in all competitions.

On the contrary, records are broken the same way they were set. Given the current atmosphere, Hodgson’s boys must not be underestimated. A reminder that they beat Ole’s Man United 1-3 at Old Trafford. We must respect how tactically disciplined they are. We battle a team that wrapped up 6 points in their opening 3 matches – they sit confidently at 6th place on the table.

Players In, Players Out

Billy Gilmour and Hakim Ziyech are still out of contention, although they’re both close to a full return. Christian Pulisic is in the squad but won’t be starting.

My preferred lineup

4-3-3: Mendy, James, Zouma, Christensen, Chilwell, Kovacic, Kante, Mount, Havertz, Werner, Abraham.     

It would be pleasing to see Mendy make his first PL debut after a good performance against Tottenham in mid-week. Likewise, Ben Chilwell. A CB pairing of Zouma x Christensen is the most fitted duo we currently have.

I reckon it is risky to prioritise possession against a stacked midfield and fast counter-attacking forwards of Crystal Palace, hence the omission of Jorginho. I prefer a direct midfield of Kante x Kovacic x Mount. In attack, Werner x Havertz x Abraham to carry on their form.

Score Prediction

Chelsea 3 – 1 Crystal Palace

(Werner, Havertz, Mount)

Match Info

12.30 pm K/O UK time on Saturday 3 October.

The venue for the match is Stamford Bridge.

The match is being broadcast live by BT Sport in the UK.

There will be live text commentary updates on the 5th Stand app and the website, as well as updates on the @chelseafc Twitter account.

Chelsea TV will also be providing live audio commentary on the 5th Stand app and the website.