IT HAS not been the best start Chelsea had hopped for especially after shelling out over £200m in recruitment of new players having won just once in four attempts in all competitions this season.
Lampard continues to struggle to strike a tactical balance to get the best out of Chelsea’s raft of marque new signings as experiences major setback effect on defensive displays, and the Eagles should have spaces to punish Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Chelsea’s obvious struggle at the back saw them concede three first half goals at West Brom last week, and though the Blues fought back to rescue a point in the second half, their confidence took another knock in mid-week following a penalty kick exit to Jose Mourinho and Spurs in the Carabao Cup.
Having benefitted from a similar VAR intervention in their unexpected 3-1 win over Man Utd the week before, the Eagles fell foul of the controversial handball rule changes themselves on Saturday against Everton, conceding a first half penalty that proved the game’s pivotal moment in a 2-1 defeat to the Toffees.
The loss, which halted Palace’s two-game winning streak, was their fourth defeat in six at Selhurst Park since the beginning of last season’s Project Restart.
While the manner of their defeat against Everton was tough to absorb, Palace did at least maintain their 100% scoring rate in the Premier League this season, and having failed to register in six of their final eight fixtures last term, Roy Hodgson will welcome his team’s improved output.
Crystal palace well known for their counter attacking style of play with be comfortable sitting sitting deep against a possession based Chelsea and strike them on the break. Chelsea find it difficult to break or attack such set-up and will like struggle against Crystal palace. But with the return of Pulisic and Ziyech Imminent, they are likely to find the net backing our prediction of both teams to score.
PREDICTION: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE