CHE vs CRY Dream11: Chelsea takes on Crystal Palace in their opening fixture of the new season. The reigning European champions have bolstered their attacking options with Romelu Lukaku but he will not be available for this game. The Blues are coming off the back of a penalty shootout win against Villarreal in the Uefa Super Cup clash.
Crystal Palace finished 14th in the league table in consecutive seasons. The London club has a new man in charge in former Arsenal captain Patrick Viera who replaced Roy Hodgson. The Eagles have a good pre-season form behind them having won four of their six encounters.
Date: August 14, Saturday
Kick-Off: 19:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Crystal Palace: WWDWL
Chelsea has dominated this fixture over the last few years. They have won all last seven encounters between the two sides. In the last two games, they put four past Crystal Palace.
Injury Report and Unavailability: Hakim Ziyech has been ruled out of this game due to injury. Ngolo Kante is also doubtful.
Expected Changes and Strategy: Chelsea should lineup in the familiar 3-4-3 formation. First choice goalkeeper E Mendy should be starting at goal, while K Zouma, C Azpilicueta, A Rudiger are likely to be the back three. M Kovacic and Jorginho could partner in central midfield. M Alonso and C Hudson-Odoi could play in the full-back positions. K Havertz and M Mount could line up behind T Werner in the attack.
Edouard Mendy, Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta , Antonio Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner
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Injury Report and Unavailability: Eberechi Eze, Michael Olise, Nathan Ferguson, Conor Gallagher, and Luke Milivojevic will all be unavailable for the trip to Chelsea.
Expected Changes and Strategy: The Eagles should lineup in a 4-3-3 formation. V Guaita should be starting at goal, while J Ward, C Kouyate, M Guehi, T Mitchell are expected to start in defence. J Schlupp, J Riedewald, and J McArthur could feature in the midfield region. C Benteke should start up front flanked by W Zaha and J Ayew.
Vicente Guaita, Joel Ward, Cheikhou Kouyate, Marc Guehi, Tyrick Mitchell, Jeffrey Schlupp, Jairo Riedewald, James McArthur, Wilfried Zaha, Jordan Ayew, Christian Benteke.
Last season, Timo Werner did not light up the Premier League as predicted. Despite this, he was the Chelsea player with the most goal involvements. If he puts on his shooting boots tonight, he might rack up some serious points.
Wilfried Zaha needs to perform if Palace is to get anything from this game. The tricky forward had eleven goals and four assists last season.
Marcos Alonso could be a solid differential in today’s fixture. He should be starting since Ben Chilwell has not had any pre-season. The Spaniard is known for his attacking forays down the left flank. He gets into good goalscoring positions and could deliver returns at both ends of the pitch.
GK: V Guaita
DEF: A Rudiger, K Zouma, M Alonso
MID: Jorginho, W Zaha, J McArthur, C Pulisic
FOR: J Ayew, T Werner, K Havertz
Where to Watch: The match will be available on the Star Sports Network and Hotstar.
Chelsea has an embarrassment of riches to choose from in the forward areas. They are playing at home and should prove too hot for their London neighbors. The CHE vs CRY Today Match Prediction odds are in favor of a comfortable victory for Chelsea.