Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace – EPL, October 3, 2020
It is another London derby to kick things off in the EPL this weekend, as west takes on south with Chelsea welcoming Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge.
Both clubs had a disappointing time last weekend and will be keen to get back to winning ways on Saturday.
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace Odds
BetOnline still has faith in Frank Lampard at Chelsea – but many are beginning to question the manager after some poor results. Palace fell to a dizzying Everton side last weekend but has looked better than expected this year so far. The odds for the draw and even the away win look tempting here.
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace Preview
Chelsea conceded three goals against arguably the worst team in the league in just over 30 minutes last week and it is only the second half performance that saved an even more embarrassing post-game interview for manager Frank Lampard. Chelsea was hopeless defensively and there is sure to be some changes made for this one.
New keeper Edouard Mendy could start his first game in English soccer after coming in from Rennes – and become the third goalie selected this season. Lampard will also hope that he will be able to call upon some of his injured midfielders soon. But with more games like last week, he may not end up getting a chance.
Palace manager Roy Hodgson has been around a little bit longer than his Chelsea counterpart so will be calmer about his team’s performances this season. But it is fair to say that the Eagles have started brighter than expected – and were probably unlucky to come up against an Everton side last week with so much confidence so early on in the season.
There are a number of injury problems in the Palace squad – and that will hamper Hodgson as he looks to replicate West Brom’s tactics from last weekend. There is definitely enough attacking talent to worry the Chelsea defense though, even if the strikers are not the most prolific.
Prediction and Pick
A lot will depend on who Lampard selects in his defense and in goal as to how this game will go on Saturday. Something drastic needs to change at the back if Chelsea is not to struggle against a Crystal Palace midfield that will enjoy running at its opponents. Timo Werner also needs to find his scoring boots soon – but this one could end up in a high-scoring draw.