Chelsea will face Crystal Palace in a London derby at Selhurst Park on Monday evening.
Chelsea recently defeated Aston Villa 3-1 in the FA Cup fourth-round replay, defying expectations. On the other hand, Crystal Palace suffered a 4-1 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion, their long-time rivals.
During their match against Brighton, Crystal Palace fell behind 3-0 within the first 34 minutes of the game. Although Jean-Philippe Mateta scored a goal to make things interesting, Joao Pedro extended Brighton’s lead to four goals, resulting in another disappointing defeat for Crystal Palace.
Despite the loss, Roy Hodgson remains in charge of the team. Crystal Palace is currently in 14th place with a five-point lead over the relegation zone.
Crystal Palace has performed well at home, winning two consecutive matches against Brentford and Sheffield United with three goals in each game.
Both Roy Hodgson and Mauricio Pochettino have faced criticism recently. Pochettino’s team suffered heavy defeats against Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers, but they showed a strong performance in the FA Cup fourth-round replay against Aston Villa.
Although Chelsea is currently in 11th place in the Premier League, they still have a chance to qualify for European competitions through the FA Cup and EFL Cup.
Chelsea has won their last 12 Premier League matches against Crystal Palace. If they win their 13th match in a row, it will be their longest winning streak against a single opponent in league history.
Crystal Palace will be without Michael Olise, Marc Guehi, Cheick Doucoure, Rob Holding, Eberechi Eze, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, and possibly Joel Ward due to injuries. Chris Richards is expected to fill in for Guehi.
Chelsea will be missing Benoit Badiashile, Marc Cucurella, Wesley Fofana, Reece James, Lesley Ugochukwu, Romeo Lavia, and goalkeeper Robert Sanchez due to various injuries.
Crystal Palace: (4-3-3)
Munoz, Richards, Andersen, Mitchell;
Hughes, Wharton, Lerma;
Ayew, Mateta, Schlupp
Gusto, Disasi, Silva, Chilwell;
Madueke, Gallagher, Palmer;
Prediction: Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea
We predict that Chelsea will win the match 2-0. Crystal Palace is facing several injury issues and has been struggling to keep clean sheets in recent games.