Crystal Palace are desperate for a win and it will not be easy for them when they host London rivals Chelsea on Saturday.

Crystal Palace are desperate for a win and it will not be easy for them when they host London rivals Chelsea on Saturday.

Patrick Vieira’s charges have not won a single game in their last five and are in 13th place with 26 points.

The Blues on the other hand have only managed one league win in their last five and remain in third place with 47 points.

However, Thomas Tuchel’s side are in high spirits after winning the Club World Cup trophy after beating Palmeiras in the final.

Not since July 2020 have Palace lost three home games on the bounce, but it would take an unexpected turn of form to avoid that fate this weekend.

Who will come out on top in this fixture? Play here to make your predictions.

What time does Crystal Palace vs Chelsea start?

The game kicks off at 6pm Kenyan time at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea team news

The hosts are without top scorer Conor Gallagher, who is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Cheikhou Kouyate is back from the Africa Cup of Nations and will partner with Jeffrey Schlupp in midfield.

Michael Olise may be handed a starting role having been directly involved in seven goals from his last seven appearances.

For the visitors, Reece James continues to recover from a hamstring injury, joining Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount on the sidelines.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is back in training and will be in the squad.

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea head to head

There has never been a draw between these two sides from the 20 matches played. Chelsea have won 16 times, compared to Palace’s 4 wins.

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea current form

The hosts have only managed one win in their last five matches, a 2-0 victory against Hartlepool in the FA Cup.

Chelsea on the other hand are unbeaten in their last five matches, winning four of them.

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea prediction

It is very unlikely that this will be the first match to produce a draw, with the high Chelsea are on, they are tipped to come out on top.

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