Chelsea will lock their horns against Crystal Palace in the Premier League. Chelsea are currently situated in fifth position in the League Table of Premier League behind fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur who are having 5 points advantage over the Blues. Chelsea will be desperate to get a win against Crystal Palace to get back to the top four positions in the League Table.
On the other hand, Premier League duo of Manchester United and Chelsea will now face competition from Serie A giants Inter Milan and AC Milan in the pursuit of Chilean superstar Arturo Vidal. The Bayern Munich star has been linked with a move to the Premier League for quite a while and looks set to leave the Allianz Arena in the summer.
At 30 years old Vidal is still one of the most important players at the home of the German champions but is likely to leave Bayern in the summer due to lack of game time. Vidal arrived at the home of the Bundesliga giants back in 2015 on a four year deal for a fee of €37m from Serie A side Juventus. And having won the Bundesliga twice as well as the German Cup Vidal may leave Bayern in the summer after falling further down the pecking order.
Chelsea has been struggling to fill the void left by Nemanja Matic last summer. The Blues boss Antonio Conte has brought in Tiemoue Bakayoko, Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater to re-enforce his squad but none of them have had the impact the big Serb used to in midfield during their title-winning campaign last term. Vidal is another world-class midfielder and could be the remedy for the London giants in their midfield department.
Conte has already worked with Vidal during the duo’s time together at Serie A side Juventus where they won three Italian League titles together. He was a key player for the Blues and the Italian boss may look to reunite with his former star.
Team News :
Andreas Christensen will be available for Chelsea after missing the previous match. David Luiz is unavailable due to knee injury. Without a doubt, Thibaut Courtois will start in Chelsea Goal while Christensen, Azpilicueta and Rudiger might start for Chelsea in three man central defense while Moses and Alonso will be there at two flanks for Chelsea. Kante and Fabregas will always be present in the heart of the midfield for Chelsea. Barkley, Giroud and Hazard will be there upfront for the Blues against, which will be a boost for Antonio Conte and his plans of beating Crystal Palace.
Crystal Palace :
Hennessy will start at the Palace Goal. Ward, Dann, Sakho, Van Aanholt might start in the defense. Milivojevic, Cabaye, Sako, Townsend and Schlupp will be there in the midfield for them while Benteke will lead Palace from the front.
Possible Starting Eleven :
Goalkeeper : Thibaut Courtois
Defenders :Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta.
Midfielders : Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, Davide Zappacosta.
Attackers : Pedro, Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard.
Crystal Palace :(4-5-1)
Goalkeeper : Hennessy
Defenders : Ward, Dann, Sakho, Van Aanholt.
Midfielders : Milivojevic, Cabaye, Townsend, Sako, Schlupp.
Attackers : Benteke.
My Predicted Scoreline:
Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace.