Crystal Palace’s search for their first point and first goal of the Premier League season continues on Saturday when they welcome champions Chelsea to Selhurst Park. It’s been a miserable start to the season for the Eagles, who have been tame in all seven of their top-flight losses so far this term. Manager Roy Hodgson faces a huge challenge to lift this team off the bottom of the table and will hope the visit of an illustrious opponent can stir something in his players. Chelsea will be out to bounce back after being beaten by Manchester City in their last Premier League outing. And while manager Antonio Conte has some injury issues to contend with, the Blues are big favourites for the three points here.
The Eagles sacked Frank De Boer after four games and drafted in Hodgson, but things don’t seem to have got too much better since. In his first match in charge, the former England boss saw his side fall to a 1-0 defeat at home to Southampton, while Manchester City and Manchester United hit five and four unanswered goals past them, respectively. With Benteke injured and Zaha unlikely to be fully fit for a while yet, it’s tough to see where a goal is coming from at the moment. Nick Harris summed up just how poor they’ve been in the final third:
Crystal Palace host Chelsea for their Matchday 8 clash on Saturday afternoon in a very poor spell of form and a seven-match Premier League losing streak now behind them. While they’ve had some League Cup success, we’ve seen them suffer thrashing losses to both Manchester City (5-0) and Manchester United (4-0) in their last two outings and it’s hard to see them do much better on the day.
Chelsea have seen some slip-ups early in the new campaign and the disappointing 0-1 loss to Man City at Stamford Bridge, which has ended their three-match winning streak, will probably be the most painful of all. However, struggling Palace seem a perfect chance to bounce back and we do feel we’re in for another display of power at Selhurst Park.
Blues have shown character and bagged four away wins in a row since their Community Shield loss at Arsenal in early August, netting ten goals in the process. Palace have made unwanted records already with a horrendous start of the season but they could be in for another here. We’ve seen Antonia Conte’s men a very tough side to beat and although they could miss Kante for injury, we do believe we’re in for another rock-solid display. We’ll now back them to keep another clean sheet. which would see Eagles failing to score in nine consecutive league outings (with the 2-0 loss at Manchester United back in May) and break yet another unwanted record.