Crystal Palace v Chelsea: Premier League – stay

Crystal Palace v Chelsea: Premier League – stay

Key occasions

“Whereas being no nice fan of Uncle Roy I do really feel some sympathy for him. Palace have one of many weakest squads within the league,” says Paul Rowe. “Take away Eze and Olise and it’s very Championship in midfield and up prime. They haven’t had an honest proper again for ages and if Guehi, Anderson or Mitchell are out there’s no person of Premier League customary to interchange them.

“In fact they could nonetheless win if unhealthy Chelsea are taking part in tonight…”

Joe Pearson emails: “Any good Romanian leftovers recently? I want concepts for brand new dishes.”

My mother-in-law was over for Christmas, leaving us with sufficient to feed a household for a month. I made a rooster, bacon and bean stew for dinner. No leftovers, alas.

I’m debating what will be achieved for Pancake Day tomorrow …

Monday Evening Soccer have Belfast Giants goaltender Petr Cech on. What a get.

Talking of Baz, you may hear him alongside Max, John Brewin and little outdated me on Soccer Weekly.

Try Mr Glendenning’s Soccer Each day on this very match.

Which supervisor is underneath extra strain that’s the query? I’ll say Hodgson. I might argue the Palace squad is fairly uninspiring however perhaps a extra dynamic coach would assist get one of the best out of the these out there.

Thiago Silva begins for Chelsea. Jacob Steinberg appears on the actually outdated centre-back (one of many few Premier League gamers extra superior in years than I).

Beginning lineups

Crystal Palace: Henderson; Munoz, Andersen, Richards, Mitchell; Lerma, Hughes, Wharton; Franca, Ayew, Mateta.

Subs: Johnstone, Ward, Tomkins, Clyne, Schlupp, Riedewald, Ozoh, Ahamada, Edouard.

Chelsea: Petrovic; Gusto, Disasi, Silva, Chilwell; Fernandez, Caicedo, Gallagher; Palmer, Madueke, Jackson.

Subs: Bergstrom, Chalobah, Gilchrist, Colwill, Casadei, Chukwuemeka, Sterling, Mudryk, Nkunku.



It’s one among many London derbies as Chelsea make the prolonged journey to Selhurst Park. As it’s half-term this week, the journey time must be halved, which shall be a reduction to the poor outdated coach driver. Personally, I might simply have taken the prepare from London Bridge to Norwood Junction and walked the remaining, however footballers are all prima donnas these days so wish to journey on a flowery coach with coffee-making services.

The 2 managers, Roy Hodgson and Mauricio Pochettino, are underneath strain. Each units of followers assume their respective groups are usually not reaching their potential. Hodgson is the extra more likely to obtain the chop first however it will appear Palace’s prime bosses have no idea who would substitute him within the dugout. They begin the night time in fifteenth place however haven’t misplaced of their previous three residence video games, which ought to give them a bit of confidence.

Chelsea are nonetheless an enigma. Their costly recruitment coverage is but to point out its price. A whopping billion quid has been spent on a squad that sits eleventh and has did not persuade for almost all of the season. On the upside, the Blues put of their greatest efficiency final trip once they gave Aston Villa a shooing on their very own patch within the FA Cup however their final Premier League outing was a depressing 4-2 residence defeat to Wolves.

It actually must be fascinating!

Kick-off: 8pm GMT

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