Frank Lampard’s Blues are in fine form and head into Saturday’s fixture hoping to keep up their pursuit of a top four place. The visitors too have enjoyed a positive start to the season with manager Roy Hodgson set for a milestone at Stamford Bridge where he will lead a side out for the 300th time in the Premier League era. Gary Cahill will also make an emotional return to the club where he won two league titles, two FA Cups, a Europa League and a Champions League.
We’ll have all the latest coverage for you throughout the afternoon:
The teams are in the tunnel and start heading out onto the pitch. Our coverage of the first Premier League match of the day is up next…
Lampard has spoken pre-game about the match today and the midweek draw with Ajax. About the latter he said:
“I enjoyed it, The fans come to be entertained and it was an entertaining match for good and for bad. I think in the end more good for us because of the spirit showed but we must turn our heads onto this game.
“[Today] It’s a really tough match going into the international break, we’ve got respect for Palace, for Roy Hodgson and how difficult they’ll make it, how good they are on the road this season so we know it’s going to be very tough.”
Chelsea will move up to second in the table if they claim the three points today but will they be good enough to break down Palace’s defence:
The Blues have been scoring machines away from home this season. Notching up 18 goals in six away games compared to only seven in five games at home.
But they won all five of the Premier League London derbies at Stamford Bridge last season with an aggregate scoreline of 12-3.
And, in Tammy Abraham they have a prolific goalscorer. His nine goals in this campaign is bettered only by Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy who has 10.
Chelsea can win six consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since the end of their most recent title winning season in May 2017.
However only once this season have Chelsea triumphed against teams in the top half of the table.
Regardless they are in impressive form, losing only once in their last 10 games, to Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.
Frank Lampard and Roy Hodgson go head-to-head in the dugout after previously being player and manager with England and the latter man is full of praise for his younger opponent:
Hopes for a Crystal Palace win?
Palace have played 17 times at Stamford Bridge in the top flight and out of those games they have only won twice.
Both wins were 2-1 scorelines in August 2015 and April 2017 respectively.
Yet since returning to the Premier League in 2013/14, Crystal Palace have won four of the 12 meetings between the two sides. Which is double their amount of victories from the previous 22 top flight encounters.
Chelsea are aiming for their sixth Premier League win in a row, it’s a run which has seen manager, Frank Lampard, named as the Premier League manager of the month. On receiving the award Lampard said:
“[It’s a] really nice award to win as a manager, particularly against very good competition.
“I respect all the other managers in the Premier League because I know what a job they do now that I am here.
“It is a good time to thank people at this club. They help me daily. I take the picture but there are people behind the scenes, particularly my close staff who put in the hours that we do, and the players because they go out and perform.”
Gary Cahill makes his return to Stamford Bridge today as he lines up in the centre of defence for Crystal Palace. Whilst here he he won two league titles, two FA Cups, a Europa League and a Champions League with the Blues.
And, it’s a big day for Chelsea’s Reece James. The 19-year-old makes his first Premier League start and will be looking to make as big an impact today as he did in midweek, scoring in the 74th minute to earn Chelsea a draw against Ajax.
Frank Lampard makes three changes to his midweek team that drew 4-4 with Ajax in the Champions League. Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso and Jorginho all drop to the bench with Emerson, Reece James and N’Golo Kante getting the nod in their place.
Crystal Palace make one change to the starting XI that faced Leicester City last time out. Andros Townsend comes in for Jeffrey Schlupp.
Palace: Guaita, Ward, Tomkins, Cahill, PVA, Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur, Townsend, Zaha, Ayew.
Subs: Hennessey, Dann, Schlupp, Benteke, McCarthy, Kelly, Riedewald.
While he accepts it is irrational, the 41-year-old feels changing his habits may adversely affect his team’s fortunes:
A victory for Chelsea today would see them move up to second, at least for a few hours, and would firmly cement their place in the top four.
Crystal Palace could also extend their brilliant start to the season as three points would move them into fifth, for the time being.
The stage is set at the Bridge.
A lovely crisp winter’s day in west London for what promises to be a decent game.
Team news on the way in the next 15 minutes or so.
Good morning and welcome to our live coverage where Chelsea take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League today.
Frank Lampard’s Blues are in fine form and head into Saturday’s fixture hoping to keep up their pursuit of a top four place.
The visitors too have enjoyed a positive start to the season with manager Roy Hodgson set for a milestone at Stamford Bridge where he will lead a side out for the 300th time in the Premier League era.
Gary Cahill will also make an emotional return to the club where he won two league titles, two FA Cups, a Europa League and a Champions League.
We’ll have all the latest coverage for you throughout the afternoon.
When is it?
Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is at 12.30pm GMT on November 9.
How can I watch it?
The match will be shown live on BT Sport 1, with coverage beginning at 12pm.
BT Sport customers can watch the game via the BT Sport app, or via the online player.
Crystal Palace have proved tricky opponents this season, and will be confident they can take something from Stamford Bridge, particularly with Chelsea’s injury issues.
Yet Frank Lamapard’s men have been in fine fettle, and thus our prediction is 3-1 to Chelsea.