Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
SAT 14 AUG 2021 – KO 15:00
BETTING & MATCH PREDICTION
One of the favorites for the Premier League title this season take on Crystal Palace at home for their first game of 21/22.
Despite getting into the top four by just one point, it was a fantastic season for Chelsea. It looked like the top four was out of reach but Thomas Tuchel came in and got them their plus won the Champions League!
After having such a good impact on this side, Tuchel will be aiming for more trophies, including the league title. They are looking to spend more money on their already fantastic squad and could be a real threat this year.
Against Palace, Tuchel will be expecting to start the season how they left off the last. They will dominate the ball and look play the majority of the game in the opposition’s half.
Last year was a disappointing year for Crystal Palace. It was a year where they couldn’t really get going and ended up finishing 14th. Manager Roy Hodgson has since left and been replaced by ex-Arsenal midfielder Patrick Viera.
Given that they are one of the favorites for the drop, Viera will just want to ensure his new side stays up in his first season. They have some exciting players in their side but will be without Eze for a while who is a huge miss
Viera will want to not get off to a losing start. Palace have pace in their side and will look to sit back and hit Chelsea on the break. It’s going to be a tough season opener for them but a point or more here would be a great result.
Chelsea look set to be without Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic through injury, while winger Christian Pulisic is also a fitness doubt. The likes of Eduardo Mendy, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen could return to the starting line-up after missing out against Arsenal.
Leicester have James Justin, Harvey Barnes, Cengiz Under and Wes Morgan sidelined through injury, while Jonny Evans is a fitness doubt.