Matchday Preview: Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea Ajokeonifaari has a recap of another London derby in the English Premier League.
The encounter will be the Blues’ first since winning the FIFA Club World Cup in the UAE, where they defeated Brazilian club Palmeiras in the final courtesy to a Kai Havertz penalty after a Romelu Lukaku goal was leveled by the side that fought till the end of the 120th minute before losing.
PREVIEW OF CRYSTAL PALACE VS CHELSEA
The Blues will be heading into another match knowing they are back in England and will be under pressure to improve on their Premier League run, which has dipped dramatically from December to date, leaving them far behind Manchester City.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Matchday Preview: Both teams have been working hard to improve their results, with the home side coming off a goalless draw against Brentford that saw a free-scoring side like them unable to score after 90 minutes.
Chelsea’s last game in the English Premier League was a win against Tottenham Hotspur on January 23, and since then they’ve been in the United Arab Emirates playing in the FIFA Club World Cup, which they won for the first time in their history, establishing them as an elite team alongside others in Europe who have won every title both locally and on the continent, including being the best in the world.
UPDATE ON THE CRYSTAL PALACE VS CHELSEA INJURY
Players like Mason Mount and Reece James are expected to miss, according to Thomas Tuchel.
UPDATE FROM REECE JAMES:
“We had a setback because he acquired the virus right when he was about to return to team training, so that was a setback.”
“Of course, it’s too lengthy for Reece and all of us,” the boss explained. ‘We miss him terribly. I had a sneaking suspicion we’d be dealing with a major injury from the start, and my suspicions were confirmed.
“With a physically demanding athlete like Reece and a major muscle injury, you always run the danger of a comeback being delayed, which is where we are right now.
“We’re still waiting for him in individual training, where he’s making great progress and accomplishing practically everything you can do in individual training. He’ll return to the group next week, according to the plan.’
UPDATE ON MASON MOUNT:
“Mount’s comeback will propel the team to the League Cup final,’ Tuchel added. ‘Unfortunately, he injured ligaments in the first minutes of the [Club World Cup] final.
“On the midfielder’s chances of facing Lille in our last-16 first leg encounter, he continued, “The Champions League seems to be very, very close.”
“The Champions League appears to be very, very close,” he said of the midfielder’s chances of meeting Lille in our last-16 first leg clash next week at Stamford Bridge.
LINEUP AND FORMATION OF CRYSTAL PALACE VS CHELSEA
With tonight’s match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel will be ensuring that he starts as many of his players as possible.
Edouard Mendy; Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen; Cesar Azpilicueta, NGolo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech; Romelu Lukaku.
KICKOFF TIME FOR CRYSTAL PALACE VS CHELSEA
The Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Matchday Preview will take place at Selhurst Park between the two London clubs at 16:00 UK time and 4:00 PM Nigeria time.