Selhurst Park hsted current league leaders Chelsea this Saturday in the premier leauge game and Antonio Conte’s men were hoping to go 9 points clear at top of the table. Crystal Palace needed points to keep away from relegation zone however it was Chelsea’s talisman Costa who opened the scoring in 44th minute to make it 1-0 for Chelsea. Crystal Palace were always in the game and Chelsea has all do to again in second half.
Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace Highlights
[ 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.
Chelsea has won 10 consecutive games since that 3-0 defeat in the hands of Arsenal back in September. They not only dominated teams along that impressive winning run but also managed to dig out results as their last two games ended in 1-0 wins. They also closing on that premier league record of 11 consecutive wins and they will be favourite to pull that one off with a convincing performance at Selhurst Park.
Last time these two meet was back in January 2016 when Chelsea ran out 3-0 winners in this fixture while the game at Stamford Bridge ended 2-1 for Crystal Palace in September 2015. This Chelsea side however are total different animal who rely heavily on their collective defensive performance with Diego Costa playing upfront and causing havoc as his 12 league goals suggests.
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.