league leaders Chelsea take on Crystal Palace in the premier league game on Saturday and Antonio Conte handed a rare league start to Fabregas who scored inside first 5 minutes. However Crystal Palace came storming back in the match scoring twice in next 6 minutes thanks to goals from inform Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke. Chelsea had to dig deep in most of the remaining game but they failed to equalize against a very resilient Palace defense.
Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace Highlights
[ Premier League 2017 Match ]
05′ 1 – 0 Cesc Fabregas
09′ 1 – 1 Wilfried Zaha
11′ 1 – 2 Christian Benteke
Chelsea has a wonderful chance of extending their lead at top of the table as they take on struggling Crystal Palace on Saturday. A win for Chelsea and if Spurs fail to win their game against Burnley will put Chelsea 11 or 13 points ahead with only 8 more games to play and thats pretty much settles the title once it for all this season.
Crystal Palace on the other hand have 28 points, thats 4 ahead of 18th place Hull City and anything from this game will be massive considering their run it to the end of the season. I expect Palace to frustrate Chelsea but they do have too much quality to not score at home. I am going with a comfortable win for Chelsea in this one.
Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace – 17 December 2016
[ English Premier League 2016-17 match ]
44′ 0 – 1 Diego Costa scored yet another important goal at stroke of half time make it 1-0 as Chelsea go 9 points clear at top of the table as the things stand.
Team News & Possible Lineups: Antonio Conte started with Cesc Fabregas during the midweek game and his only goal of the difference as Chelsea made it 10 wins out of last 10 games. He is likely to start again in midfield alongside Kante while 3-4-3 system is likely to be retain which has worked so well for Chelsea.
Match Predictions: Looking at the recent form of both teams I can only see one result here and thats Chelsea winning handsomely. However all the other title rivals have had their dips in form and Chelsea are bound to have won sooner or later and as they things stand other teams are starting to figure out Chelsea’s 3-4-3 system. I expect Palace to mount a decent chelsea on Saturday and they might just nick a point here.