Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace: Odds, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2018

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-4 during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Chelsea FC at Turf Moor on October 28, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Chelsea will be seeking to continue their excellent start to the Premier League season on Sunday when they host London rivals Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues advanced in the Carabao Cup against Derby County on Wednesday, and in their last top-flight outing, they were impressive in the way they dismantled Burnley 4-0.

Maurizio Sarri will be delighted with the manner in which his team have performed despite the recent injury to Eden Hazard.

Palace are big underdogs for this one and are finding wins tough to come by in the early stages of 2018-19. Manager Roy Hodgson will at least feel buoyed by the performance in the 2-2 draw against Arsenal last weekend.

Here is how the bookmakers are assessing both teams ahead of this clash, the broadcast details for the fixture and a preview of what's to come in this capital derby.



Chelsea win (11/50)

Draw (19/4)

Crystal Palace win (12/1)


Figures courtesy of OddsShark


Date: Sunday, November 3

Time: 4 p.m. (GMT), 11 a.m. (ET)

TV Info: Sky Sports (UK), NBC Sports (U.S.)

Live Stream: Sky Go (UK), NBC Sports App (U.S.)


Hazard to Return for Impressive Blues

Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

With Hazard below his best against Manchester United and absent for the clash with Burnley due to a back problem, Chelsea needed a new talisman to emerge in those fixtures. Few would've anticipated Ross Barkley to be that player.

The former Everton man endured a challenging first season with the Blues, but a run of games recently has brought the best from him, and suddenly he's become a first-team regular under Sarri.

Per Goal UK, it's been a long time since an English midfielder has been on a goalscoring run like his:

Goal UK @GoalUK

Floodgates open at Burnley! Barkley 💪 becomes the first Englishman to score in three consecutive Premier League games for Chelsea since Frank Lampard before Willian follows up with another! 🔵 3-0 Blues! https://t.co/YOcB41lbWM https://t.co/zOPCAB0Qz1

Crucially for Chelsea, it's likely Hazard will be back in action again this weekend following his recent layoff. Blues assistant manager Gianfranco Zola said the Belgium star "is looking quite good for the weekend" earlier in the week, per Rory O'Callaghan of Sky Sports.

Should Hazard line up, the battle down Chelsea's left flank and Palace's right will most likely be vital in determining how this game goes. After all, Hazard has been mesmeric at times this season and is still the joint top-scorer in the Premier League with seven goals to his name.

However, in Aaron Wan-Bissaka, he will be up against a pretty formidable right-back. The 20-year-old has been a force of nature in defence for the Eagles:

Squawka Football @Squawka

@JenningsWrites Aaron Wan-Bissaka's tackling in the Premier League this season: • 45 attempted • 42 made • 30 successful The most successful tackles in Europe's top five leagues this season. 💪 https://t.co/hIvShFt4NH

For Palace, there were positives last weekend against Arsenal, as they dug in late on to grab a point after seeing a lead slip away.

Following the fixture, much of the talk has been about Wilfried Zaha, who was deemed to have been felled for Palace's second penalty on the day, although there were some suggestions he went down easily.

Zaha posted on his Instagram Story on Tuesday that he received racist abuse and death threats online after the match, per the Press Association (h/t the Guardian).

Hodgson had his say on the comments that have come the way of his star forward:

Sky Sports Premier League @SkySportsPL

"Our sympathy is with our player and we will support him" Roy Hodgson hits back at 'twitter trolls' who dealt racial abuse and threats out to Wilfried Zaha this week. More: https://t.co/JX3zVkFNPp https://t.co/DW7NnqqbRX

Palace can be dangerous away from home. They have the capability to defend well for long spells, and Zaha provides an exceptional outlet when the game does become stretched.

Even so, Chelsea are unlikely to lose patience or lose their shape, meaning they will keep the visitors penned in in their own final third. With Hazard back and Barkley in brilliant form, they will eventually do enough to get through and keep the pressure on at the summit of the table.


Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace