On Saturday, Chelsea will kick off their 2021-22 Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace at home. In the Premier League last season, the Blues finished fourth while Palace, now managed by former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira, finished 14th for the second year in a row. Here is our expert guess on Chelsea Vs Crystal Palace football prediction, team news, and lineup for the first Premier League of the season.
After injuring his shoulder in Wednesday’s Super Cup victory over Villarreal, Hakim Ziyech is out for Chelsea.
Trevor Chalobah has earned a starting spot at center-back following a strong pre-season.
This week, Andreas Christensen, Jorginho, Mason Mount, and Cesar Azpilicueta all saw action in their first preseason games.
On Wednesday, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, and Reece James did not appear for training and thus they are unlikely to start.
Romelu Lukaku is back at Chelsea, but he won’t be available this weekend.
Conor Gallagher, a loanee from Chelsea, will have to wait for his Crystal Palace debut because he is unable to face his parent club.
The first Premier League game of Marc Guehi will be against his childhood club, which he left permanently in the summer.
Palace fans who are excited about the prospect of a Guehi and Joachim Andersen partnership may have to wait because the latter did not appear in pre-season. Cheikhou Kouyate may remain at the back for the time being.
Ahead of Christian Benteke, Jean-Philippe Mateta looks set to start the season after a strong season.
While Nathan Ferguson and Eberechi Eze are both out for the season, Michael Olise, Palace’s fourth signing of the summer, is set to miss Saturday’s game due to a back injury
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Prediction
Chelsea defeated Villarreal in the European Super Cup on penalties and won their second trophy of 2021 on Wednesday night.
Last season, Chelsea defeated Palace 4-1 at home and away, but they should expect a tougher test in their Premier League debut.
Chelsea cannot afford to drop points on the opening weekend given their difficult start to the season, and we expect the Blues to win on Saturday. In pre-season Palace has shown a lot of promise, but they will fall just short against the European Cup winners.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Werner, Havertz
Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Ward, Kouyate, Guehi, Mitchell; McArthur, Riedewald, Schlupp; Zaha, Mateta, Ayew
Our Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace
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