Chelsea head across London to face Crystal Palace in their first game following in the international break. Kick-off at Selhurst Park on Saturday is 3pm.
Palace tasted defeat for the first time since Neil Warnock’s return in their trip to Hull before the international break. A former manager of theirs coined the phrase “bouncebackability” and they’ll have to show enormous amounts of it to pick up anything against Chelsea. They won this fixture last season with Tony Pulis at the helm, and Warnock will be hoping for a similar performance from his players.
The league leaders have only dropped two points all season. However, they go into this game with doubts over Premier League top scorer Diego Costa and Didier Drogba. Jose Mourinho was reluctant to comment too much on how he felt about his star striker coming back injured from International Duty, but it will be a particular sore point, particularly if Costa is out for any length of time.
Costa’s absence means Loic Remy leading the line for the first time this season, at a ground where he scored last term with Newcastle. Chelsea have won all their away games so far this season, bar the draw with Man City, and will be eager to make amends for their shock defeat to Palace last season.
Mourinho’s men to have too much for Palace, despite doubts over their main man Costa. Palace will put up a fight as usual, but it won’t be enough to trouble Chelsea.
Gavin Bergin, Pundit Arena.
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