Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Preview
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Preview, line up, and prediction. Chelsea kicks off their league campaign with a home game against Crystal Palace. It has been confirmed that Ziyech is unavailable, and N’Golo though he took part in training yesterday, he’s unlikely to feature due to injury. It’s important for Chelsea to pick maximum points at home against the Eagles to welcome their fans back in Stamford Bridge. The Champions League winner re-signed Romelu Lukaku on Thursday night but he now has to quarantine so will miss their opening match against Crystal Palace.
Chelsea coach Tuchel makes five changes from the lineup that won Super Cup. Cesar Azpilicueta returns at wing-back, with Trevoh Chalobah retaining his position after a wonderful performance against Villareal. Toni Rudiger and Andreas Christensen in front of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy also.
Marcos Alonso starts on the left, with Jorginho in for the absent N’Golo Kante in midfield. Christian Pulisic replaces the injured Hakim Ziyech in attack, alongside Timo Werner and Mason Mount. Kai Havertz is on the bench.
Crystal Palace head coach Patrick Vieira names former Blues defender Marc Guehi in his first starting 11, with Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha spearheading the attack.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Line up
Chelsea: Mendy; Chalobah, Christensen, Rudiger; Azpilicueta (c), Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Pulisic, Werner, Mount
Subs: Kepa, Chilwell, Emerson, James, Thiago Silva, Zouma, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham
Crystal Palace: Guaita; Ward, Guehi, Kouyate, Mitchell; Schlupp, Riedewald, McArthur (c), Zaha; Mateta, Ayew
Subs: Butland, Clyne, Kelly, Rak-Sakyi, Hannam, Andersen, Street, Banks, Benteke
The referee is Jonathan Moss
The match prediction is 2-1