After a thrilling Champions League round 4 clash with Ajax on Tuesday, Frank Lampard’s side will return to action on Saturday when Crystal Palace visit Stamford Bridge to honour the Premier League match day 12 fixture. Over the midweek the Blues shown character battling back from 4-1 down with 35 mins left to draw 4-4 against a formidable Ajax opposition.
The Ajax game is gone and the side switch focus to what’s coming up on Saturday at the Bridge. They hope to maintain their form in the league lately, but that won’t be without some challenges. With injuries and a suspension to worry about as Mason Mount, Rose Barkley, Antonio Rüdiger, and long-term absentee – Ruben Loftus-Cheek are penciled down in the injury list. To add to what may be a difficult Saturday afternoon at the Bridge, midfielder, Jorginho is suspended after being booked 5 times in the past eleven league games.
Lampard still have some boast though, ahead of the weekend fixture Kante is fit and Barkley who had returned to training some days back may regain full fitness.
The Chelsea – Crystal Palace fixture is one of the London derbies and first took place in 18 Nov 1906 when Palace thrash Chelsea 7-1 in a FA Cup match. In total both sides have met 54 times, Chelsea with 27 wins against Palace’s 12, and the other 15 occasions ending in a draw.
Matches Played: 54
Wins (Chelsea): 27
Wins (Palace): 12
Biggest Win: 7-1
Biggest Win (Palace): 7-1
Biggest Win (Chelsea): 6-2
Last 5 Premier League meetings
Palace 0-1 Chelsea (30 Dec 2018)
Chelsea 3-1 Palace (04 Nov 2018)
Chelsea 2-1 Palace (10 Mar 2018)
Palace 2-1 Chelsea (14 Oct 2017)
Chelsea 1-2 Palace (01 Apr 2017)