CHELSEA – CRYSTAL PALACE
This is already just a matter of time. The question is not “if”, but “when” Chelsea are going to win the Premier League. Antonio Conte’s team is having ten points advantage of front of Tottenham and The Blues are marching towards the crown. They are making step after a step towards the big goal and it looks like nobody is able to stop them. Now Chelsea are ready to move even closer to the title, hosting Crystal Palace at the Stamford Bridge in London.
The Blues won four of their last give games in the Premier League, having won three in a row – against Swansea City, West Ham and Stoke City. Even when they are not playing their best football, Chelsea still find a way to win, which is exactly how you become champion.
As for Crystal Palace, Sam Allardyce’s team is still not safe. Palace are currently 16th in the league, but they are just four points above the 18th Hull City, so they still need to play and win points, if they want to be sure in their survival.
One of Chelsea’s biggest stars Eden Hazard is missing the game because of an injury, while Thibaut Courtois, Diego Costa and Victor Moses are doubtful. These are important absencees for Chelsea, but Antonio Conte still have enough options to cover for them.
Sam Allardyce will be without the services of Loic Remy, Connor Wickham and Pape Ndiaye Souare, who are still injured. Patrick Van Aanholt, Mathieu Flamini and Jonathan Benteke are doubtful for the match at the Stamford Bridge.
Everything else but a win for Chelsea is going to be a huge surprise this weekend. The Blues are the most dominant team in the country right now and they look unstoppable in the march for the title. They have 22 wins in 28 games – much more than everyone else, so it would be really surprising to see Crystal Palace stopping them.