Chelsea travels to Crystal Palace after a solid if unremarkable victory against Porto. The Blues got the win out of the way after the West Brom debacle and now it’s time to get the ugly out of the way too. Crystal Palace are in that funny space between being safe and having something to play for so they really could turn up or forget to show. Chelsea, meanwhile, needs to keep putting points on the board as the top four race goes down to the wire.
Here is how The Pride of London staff sees the match playing out:
Kevin Peacock: 0-3 Chelsea
I’m not falling for Chelsea slipping up again. The bad day at the office has gone for me and them. Provided Palacelona don’t rock up Thomas Tuchel will get the Blues back on track with a comfortable win. Of course, Mason Mount scores, not so clear cut is Marcos Alonso with a free-kick special, and Tammy Abraham, presumably from the bench, with the third.
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Olaoluwa Nwobodo: 0-3 Chelsea
Chelsea has returned to winning ways since the West Brom game and that’s good. The Blues would now be aware of how quickly things can go wrong if they’re not in the right frame of mind. They should be comfortable against Crystal Palace, if they approach the game the right way.
Olly Smith: 1-4 Chelsea
Saaff Landin watch out, here come the Germans. This is it. This is the big one. A Timo Werner hat trick and three assists for Kai Havertz. Havertz doesn’t have to provide all three to Werner, he can share the love…Rudiger to score to round off the German day? Mind you I picked Rory to win the Masters so my inner predictor may be a tad off…
Mike Malley: 0-2 Chelsea
Chelsea appears to be a team with Jekyll & Hyde tendencies this season, capable of dominating on the continent’s biggest stage just days after being thumped by serious relegation candidates. Who knows which side will show up on Saturday? If the Blues play to even half of their full potential, they should have no problem dismantling a struggling Palace unit that has not won since late February. Mason Mount is starting to prove his doubters wrong, so I predict he will ride his current wave of confidence to another goal contribution on the weekend.
Barrett Rouen: 0-2 Chelsea
I don’t know why I just think 2-0 is how it’s going to go. Tammy better play. He probably won’t though. If he does play though I’m sure he’ll score. Then he definitely won’t play again this season despite being the best striker in the side. I acknowledge this has been more about Tammy than the Palace score prediction I admit but that’s just how ridiculous it has been. Tammy’s situation has not been reasonably reasonable in any sense of the word reason except for that fact that it has been without good reason despite the season he’s had. Oh well. Hopefully this game doesn’t ruin my day when it happens. I’m going golfing afterwards and I’d like to be in a good mood as opposed to angry.
Jake Brigstock: 0-2 Chelsea
Famous last words, but I wouldn’t expect to be caused too much trouble at Selhurst Park this season. It can be a tricky place to go, but I think we’ll do enough to come away with all three points. Given we looked back to our usual Tuchel selves in such a big game midweek against Porto, I’d expect us to be well drilled and dominate possession as we’ve seen in his short era so far. Let’s make West Brom a distant memory now and push for that top 4 spot. Come on the Chels.
Michael DeVito: 0-3 Chelsea
Time for a mini breakout in the attack. Meanwhile, Mendy and the same backline hopefully stay together. Not sure if Thiago fits the three man backline.
Scott Brant: 0-2 Chelsea
Like I’ve said before, riding out the two nil scoreline. Mount to get an assist and Tammy to play hopefully.
Akshat Mehrish: 1-3 Chelsea
While the Blues didn’t concede midweek against Porto, they did look vulnerable in phases – definitely shaken by that humiliating loss to the genius that is Sam Allardyce last weekend. They might concede again, but they have more than enough firepower in the squad to go on and win the match. Magical Mason Mount to get a double on this occasion. Hopefully, either of the Germans can bag a goal for themselves too.
Anthony Gatt: 0-2 Chelsea
Mason Mount to score and much need 2-0 win to get back into the top 4, even if its only for 24 hours.
Nate Hofmann: 1-2 Chelsea
Crystal Palace is somehow both incredibly boring and wildly unpredictable. I would never voluntarily sit down and watch Roy Hodgson’s team take the field against anyone other than Chelsea, but they’re usually good for two or three shock victories over big teams every year. Chelsea pretty thoroughly whacked Palace in the first meeting of the season, but it’s hard to feel terribly optimistic that this current Blues side has four goals in them against anyone. Hopefully this be a powerful response to the West Brom debacle, but I’d count on a bit of residual shakiness everywhere on the pitch.
Gabe Henderson: 1-2 Chelsea
Crystal Palace always seems to have the Blues’ number. The Eagles may not always win, but they get close and I don’t believe that will change this time around either with Tuchel’s side focused on the UCL either side of the contest. Nevertheless, the visitors leave with three points.
Abhishek Pancholi: 0-2 Chelsea
A calm, composed performance wherein Chelsea will swat Palace aside with the sort of controlled aggression that we haven’t seen in a while. Kai Havertz and Mason Mount to score, with Timo Werner setting up both goals.
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