07 July 2020 18:37
Billy Gilmour comes into the centre of the midfield to replace the injured N'Golo Kante, in the only change to the side which beat Watford 3-0 in our last match on Saturday. It is Gilmour's second start since football resumed and only his second ever in the Premier League. Elsewhere, Cesar Azpilicueta captains the side from the left again, with Reece James retaining his place at right back in an otherwise unchanged starting XI. Crystal Palace include two former Blues in their line-up, left-back Patrick van Aanholt and ex-Chelsea captain Gary Cahill. Crystal Palace (4-1-4-1): Guaita; Ward, Cahill, Dann, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic (c); Ayew, McArthur, Kouyate, Zaha; Benteke Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa, James, Zouma, Christensen, Azpilicueta (c); Mount, Gilmour, Barkley; Willian, Giroud, Pulisic Timo Werner is a great signing for Chelsea, who are clearly intent on making sure they don't fall too far behind Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the league for years to come.
A few of the key players are getting on a bit now (Willian, Azpilicueta) and will need replaced eventually, so it's important to keep the dressing room culture alive by bringing in top quality to challenge them while still on top of their game. Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Crystal Palace vs Chelsea in the Premier League on Tuesday (kick-off 6pm). Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has no new injury concerns for the visit of Chelsea to Selhurst Park. 0:51 Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says he wants to strengthen his side's attacking options in this summer transfer window. Chelsea will be without N'Golo Kante for the short trip to south London.
This can frustrate big teams, and particularly Chelsea who are not patient. Rather than creative ability, Palace will stifle and try to play on the counter-attack. Everybody will begin to question the top four race again, but Chelsea will stumble here. 64 live games on Sky Sports New Sky Sports digital innovations to enhance fan experience Watch 39 Premier League & 45 EFL games exclusively live Sky Sports are broadcasting 64 live Premier League games for the 2019/20 season resumption. In addition to the 39 matches already scheduled to be broadcast exclusively live on Sky Sports before the coronavirus interruption, 25 more matches are being broadcast on both Sky Sports Premier League and Sky's free-to-air Pick channel, allowing the whole nation to be part of the return of live sport.
On the other side, Crystal Palace sits all the way in 14th place, but is well clear of relegation. Tuesday's match will air on NBC Sports Network on your local TV provider. You can watch the games for free online if you sign up for a free trial with Sling, fuboTV or Hulu + Live TV. The Sling trial is for three days while the Hulu + Live TV trial runs for seven days. Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea Start time: 1 p.m. EST If you don't, you can get NBCSN via a la carte packages from fuboTV, Sling and Hulu + Live TV (with free trials). Upcoming English Premier League Schedule Tuesday, July 7 Wolverton | 1 p.m. EST Liverpool | 3:15 p.m. EST Tottenham | 1 p.m. EST Manchester United | 3:15 p.m. EST Saturday, July 11 West Ham | 7:30 a.m. EST Newcastle United | 7:30 a.m. EST Burnley | 10 a.m. EST Chelsea | 12:30 p.m. EST Man. City | 3 p.m. EST Everton | 7 a.m. EST Crystal Palace | 9 a.m. EST Arsenal | 11:30 a.m. EST Leicester City | 2 p.m. EST Man. United vs. Southampton | 3 p.m. EST With Leicester imploding, Chelsea remaining inconsistent and both Manchester United and Wolverhampton extending their long unbeaten runs, the fight for Champions League qualification has intensified since the restart of the Premier League on June 17. The number of realistic contenders for the final two or three qualification spots has shrunk from seven to these four teams, and there are just three points separating Leicester in third place and Wolves in sixth with six games left. Man United and Chelsea vs. Wolves are likely to have so much riding on them on July 26 when the longest English season in history finally concludes. And by then, it will be clear if fifth place will be enough to secure a place in the Champions League because second-place Manchester City will have learned if it has succeeded with a bid to overturn a two-year European ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. A look at how the teams are shaping up for the run-in: LEICESTER (3rd place, 55 points) At the turn of the year, Leicester was in second place and even had aspirations of winning the league, never mind qualifying for the Champions League. Its 14-point gap to fifth place has shrunk to three points, however, after winning just two of 11 games either side of the league's suspension. Jamie Vardy's goals have dried up, too, with the striker now joined on a league-high 19 by Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. "We've clearly got the talent, but at this stage of the season, it's about more than that," Rodgers said after the most recent setback, a 2-1 loss at Everton that kept Leicester winless since the restart. Leicester hosts Crystal Palace on Saturday and has matches against Arsenal, Sheffield United and Tottenham before that potential decider against Man United at the King Power Stadium. CHELSEA (4th place, 54 points) Results in the past week have summed up Chelsea's inconsistency this season, with a win over Manchester City followed by a loss at relegation-threatened West Ham. Even in its first game after the restart, Chelsea played poorly in the first half against Aston Villa and fell behind, only to rebound with a strong second-half display in a 2-1 win. The imminent arrivals of striker Timo Werner and playmaker Hakim Ziyech point to an exciting future, while American winger Christian Pulisic has returned from the shutdown with some electric performances on the left. Finishing the season with matches against Liverpool and Wolves puts extra pressure on Chelsea to get results from its next four fixtures, starting with a home match against Watford on Saturday. MANCHESTER UNITED (5th place, 52 points) United hasn't lost in any competition since Jan. 22, a run that incorporates 15 matches — eight of which were in the league. Given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's next five games — starting with next-to-last Bournemouth at home on Saturday — are against opponents placed 12th or lower, United might be the favorite to finish in third place. The last two results have been 3-0 wins over Sheffield United and Brighton, with Solskjaer playing a front five that looks here to stay: forwards Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood and attack-minded midfielders Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba. "We are capable of creating chances and scoring goals," Solskjaer said, "but the foundation for any team is at the back." WOLVERHAMPTON (6th place, 52 points) When Nuno Espirito Santo took charge in May 2017, Wolves was an unstable, mid-table club in the second-tier Championship. Three years later, the team is in the latter stages of the Europa League and in sight of the Champions League through its league position. The only one of the four contenders to win three straight games since the restart, Wolves also has kept clean sheets in every game. All four of the goals since the restart have come after halftime, with Wolves statistically the best second-half team in the top flight. "The boys are in high spirits," Espirito Santo said ahead of a home match against Arsenal on Saturday, his 150th game in charge of the team, "so let's keep on working." Chelsea make the short trip across London this evening to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Frank Lampard's men could leapfrog Leicester into third with a win over the Eagles, while the Eagles will looking to get themselves out of a rut having lost three Premier League games on the bounce. Elsewhere, Watford host bottom side Norwich City with the Hornets just a point above the relegation zone while the Canaries are rock bottom and are eight points adrift of safety. 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