Friday, October 17, 2014

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Premier League 18-10-2014

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Crystal Palace vs Chelsea - Competition: Premier League

Crystal Palace team have settled in nicely under new manager Neil Warnock. After dropping their first 2 Premier League contests, they strung off 4 straight unbeaten in league play that saw them accumulate all 8 of their points in the new campaign. Signature wins over that stretch included a 3:2 defeat of Everton and a 2:0 home victory over Leicester. However, a return to inconsistent ways just before the international break saw them defeated at the KC Stadium by Hull City 2:0, and Warnock knows his troops must avoid similar slip-ups if they hope to emulate the success of last season. They’ll take encouragement from the fact they’ve only lost 1 of their last 4 English Premier League home games, and with Jason Puncheon looking dangerous per usual on the wing, an upset here is an entirely realistic possibility. However, the visitors are in rare form at the moment, and it would take a monumental effort dashed with a bit of luck for the hosts to pull off the improbable this weekend.
Chelsea have seen just one blip on their schedule this season in the Premier League, although a 1:1 draw to Man City will be taken as a plus by manager Jose Mourinho. They’ve now taken 19 points from a possible 21, and with a 5-point lead on 2nd place already, the title race could be over before Christmas even arrives. A 2:0 victory over London rivals Arsenal FC last time out solidified their position at the pinnacle of England football, and while that match was anything but straightforward, the Blues will take confidence from their clean sheet against such a quality opponent. Diego Costa netted the second goal in that match to seal the outcome, and the Spanish hit-man now has an astonishing 9 goals from just 7 league matches. He has quickly answered questions over how he would adjust to the rigors of the Premier League, but form is fleeting in football and he must stay focused. A short trip to South London and Selhurst Park isn’t always a kind fixture, but the visitors should be bagging all 3 points irregardless.
Crystal Palace last 5 matches:
13/09/14 Crystal Palace 0 – 0 Burnley
21/09/14 Everton 2 – 3 Crystal Palace
24/09/14 Crystal Palace 2 – 3 E Newcastle
27/09/14 Crystal Palace 2 – 0 Leicester City
04/10/14 Hull City 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

Chelsea last 5 matches:
21/09/14 Manchester City 1 – 1 Chelsea
24/09/14 Chelsea 2 – 1 Bolton Wanderers
27/09/14 Chelsea 3 – 0 Aston Villa
30/09/14 Sporting 0 – 1 Chelsea
05/10/14 Chelsea 2 – 0 Arsenal
 Match date: Saturday, 18 October 2014
Kick Off Time: 15:00 BST -
Venue: Selhurst Park, London, United Kingdom
You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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