Chelsea vs Crystal Palace: The early kickoff on Saturday in the Premier League might just be the best game of the weekend in England, as two of the most entertaining teams in the country so far face-off in what should be a fantastic London Derby.
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace
When: Saturday, November 9
Time: 7:30 a.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Chelsea comes into this one on the heels of a remarkable Champions League game at Stamford Bridge where it trailed Ajax 4-1 and somehow came back to make it an incredible eight-goal draw. It was without a doubt the best match of the season so far in any competition. Frank Lampard’s young team continues to impress and entertain, and it might just be the most watchable team in the sport right now. With 23 points from its first 11 games in the Premier League, the team is also proving it can be competitive and fun to watch. The Blues might finish the weekend in second place with a sixth straight win in the league.
Trying to spoil that Chelsea party is Crystal Palace, who has had a solid start to the season and will look to rebound from a tough loss at home to Leicester last week. It was painful but isn’t a reason to stop the optimism. Roy Hodgson’s team has been competitive against every team it’s faced this season and believes it has enough firepower to pull off the upset against a vulnerable Chelsea defense that just conceded four goals to Ajax.
Chelsea will be forced to make at least one change for this match as midfielder Jorginho is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season in the 2-1 win over Watford.Mason Mount is also a doubt after suffering an ankle problem in the draw against Ajax and will have a late fitness test, per The Athletic’s Simon Johnson:
However, midfielder N’Golo Kante and Ross Barkley are fit again and both could feature against Crystal Palace, per Football.London’s Andy Ha.Callum Hudson-Odoi is also pushing for his third Premier League start of the season following an impressive cameo against Ajax after replacing Mount.
The Ivory Coast international remains Palace’s best player but has struggled to find his best form this season and could leave when the transfer window opens, per Matt Law at the Telegraph:
Crystal Palace will look to take advantage of any fatigue from Chelsea’s exploits against Ajax and can take confidence from wins at Manchester United and West Ham United. However, the hosts are on a roll and should have too much quality for Hodgson’s men.