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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace prediction – Premier League

Chelsea will face Crystal Palace to kick off their 2021-22 Premier League campaign on Saturday. While Palace finished 14th for the second year in a row of Premier League table last season, the Blues finished fourth. Here is everything you need to know about Chelsea Vs Crystal Palace football prediction, team news, and lineup for the first Premier League of the season.

Team news

Chelsea

Hakim Ziyech injured his shoulder in Wednesday’s Super Cup victory over Villarreal hence he will be out his the first match of the season.

Trevor Chalobah has earned a starting spot at center-back after a strong pre-season.

Andreas Christensen, Jorginho, Mason Mount, and Cesar Azpilicueta all saw action in their first preseason games this week.

Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, and Reece James are unlikely to start as they did not play on Wednesday and.

Crystal Palace

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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace prediction - Premier League

Loanee from Chelsea Conor Gallagher is unable to face his parent club and he will have to wait for his Crystal Palace debut

Marc Guehi’s first Premier League game will be against his childhood club, whom he left permanently in the summer.

Palace fans who are excited about the prospect of a Guehi and Joachim Andersen partnership may have to wait because the latter did not appear in pre-season. Cheikhou Kouyate may remain at the back for the time being.

Jean-Philippe Mateta looks set to start the season ahead of Christian Benteke after a strong pre-season.

Due to a back injury Michael Olise, Palace’s fourth signing of the summer, is set to miss Saturday’s game, while Nathan Ferguson and Eberechi Eze are both out for the season.

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Prediction

On Wednesday night, Chelsea won their second trophy of 2021 defeating Villarreal in the European Super Cup on penalties.

With a tough game away to London rivals Chelsea, Crystal Palace kick off their new manager Patrick Vieira’s tenure.

Given their difficult start to the season, Chelsea cannot afford to drop points on the opening weekend, and we expect the Blues to win on Saturday. Palace has shown a lot of promise in pre-season, but they will fall just short against the European Cup winners.

Lineup

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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace prediction - Premier League

Chelsea possible starting lineup:

Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Werner, Havertz

Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:

Guaita; Ward, Kouyate, Guehi, Mitchell; McArthur, Riedewald, Schlupp; Zaha, Mateta, Ayew

Our Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

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