On matchday 19th of the Premier League, Chelsea will be hosting Crystal Palace at the Stamford Bridge on Thursday. Both teams are currently struggling to make an impact in the league but are consistently failing.
Chelsea is currently at the 11th spot in the point table with 6 wins and 22 points overall. With every loss, the club’s morale is reaching the lowest point and it is becoming difficult for the team management to keep the spirits of the players high.
Crystal Palace are nearing the relegation zone with every loss. They are currently at the 15th spot in the point table with 4 wins and 18 points overall.
We will witness goals from both sides on Thursday as they both have a good attack but a weaker defence.
The betting tip is...
Over 2.5 goals will be scored in the game.
The Blues are coming after a devastating loss against the Wolves in an away game. Even with 69% of possession in the game, the visitors completely failed to score till the last moments of the game and witnessed a loss of 2-1.
Overall, Chelsea has displayed an average possession of 60% with 10.94 shots out of which 15% ended up on target. They also have an average of 3.17 goals per match in the current season of the league.
Nicolas Jackson is Chelsea’s highest scorer with 7 goals and a single assist on his name. Cole Palmer is another player to watch out for as he has 6 goals and 3 assists in his name.
With 22% clean sheets in the ongoing season, Chelsea has conceded an average of 1.56 goals. Out of which an average of 1.06 goals have come in the 2nd half for the Blues.
Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez are expected to return after recovering from their respective illness.
Predicted Lineup: Petrovic, Gusto, Disasi, Silva, Colwill, Caicedo, Gallagher, Madueke, Jackson, Mudryk, Broja
The Eagles have shown some positive signs with their two consecutive draws against Manchester City and Brighton respectively. Against Brighton, the club displayed a possession of 34% at home but managed to score a single goal right before the first half.
Overall, Crystal Palace has an average possession of 43%, which is very low as compared to their previous seasons.
They also have an average of 8.83 shots out of which only 11% were on target. Odsonne Édouard is Crystal Palace’s highest scorer with 6 goals on his name. Jordan Ayew also has 3 assists and 2 goals on his name.
The club has shown its struggles when it comes to the defence. They have won a clean sheet in 28% of their fixtures but the club has also conceded an average of 1.44 goals in the ongoing season.
Eberechi Eze suffered a hamstring injury in the previous game but has recovered from it and is expected to be part of the team.
Predicted Lineup: Henderson, Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell, Lerma, Richards, Eze, Olise, Mateta, Ayew
Both teams are evenly matched when it comes to their defensive style. Chelsea has showcased their struggles at the back with Crystal Palace conceding an average of 1 goal in the second half.
Chelsea has the home advantage but the Eagles have won more away games than at home. We predict a draw between the two teams on Thursday.