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Thursday, August 12, 2021

PREVIEW Chelsea v Crystal Palace kick-off time and how to follow: Team news, match stats, live stream and TV channel for Premier League opener

 Chelsea will begin their hunt for the Premier League trophy by facing off against London rivals Crystal Palace on Saturday.The Blues will b...

 Chelsea will begin their hunt for the Premier League trophy by facing off against London rivals Crystal Palace on Saturday.The Blues will be confident of extending their impressive record against the Eagles – having beat them in each of their last seven meetings

Palace, who have also ominously lost their last four visits to Stamford Bridge by an aggregate score of 11-2, face the unenviable task of souring Romelu Lukaku’s expected return to the Prem.

Yet, the Selhurst Park outfit can take some comfort from the fact that new manager Patrick Viera never lost to Chelsea as a player.

The fixture should be an intriguing one with the Blues fully aware of slipping up on their potential banana skin opening day clash.

Chelsea v Crystal Palace: Date and kick-off time

This match will be held on Saturday, August 14 and will kick off at 3pm.

Palace boasted a formidable opening day record under former boss Roy Hodgson as they kept a clean sheet in each of the last three seasons.

But they were battered 4-0 by Chelsea in the same fixture last October and also conceded the same amount when they faced again in April.

Chelsea v Crystal Palace: How to watch

Unfortunately, this game is not being broadcast on TV in the UK.

How ever, talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham will be at Stamford Bridge for GameDay Live and will bring you regular updates from the match.

Chelsea v Crystal Palace: Team News

Chelsea have concerns over Hakim Ziyech’s fitness following his injury blow in Wednesday’s Super Cup win over Villarreal.

Ziyech scored but then had to go off in the first half clutching his arm with boss Thomas Tuchel saying: “If you take a player out during the first half, it is serious. It was unfortunate because he has been a very decisive player in the last games.”

A number of stars from Mason Mount to Jorginho have only recently returned to training following international tournaments this summer.

Lukaku however could be in line to make his first appearance for the club eight years since his last if his £97.5million transfer is confirmed in time.

As for Palace, Eberechi Eze remains a long-term injury issue after he ruptured his achilles tendon during training in May this year.

It is still unknown when he is expected to be back playing but he remains out of their squad for the Premier League opener at Chelsea.

But there may be a chance for a number of debuts for Palace including Marc Guehi who signed for the club this summer from Chelsea.

Chelsea v Crystal Palace: Match stats and facts

Chelsea have won 16 of their last 20 Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (L4), including each of the last seven in a row.

After winning back-to-back away league games against Chelsea in 2015-16 and 2016-17, Crystal Palace have lost their last four visits to Stamford Bridge by an aggregate score of 11-2.

Chelsea have lost their opening match in two of the last four Premier League seasons (W2), as many as they had in the previous 23 campaigns (W16 D5 L2).

Crystal Palace have won two of their last three season openers in the Premier League (D1), keeping a clean sheet in all three matches. The Eagles had won just two of their previous 15 top-flight openers (D4 L9).

Chelsea lost two of their last three Premier League games of the 2020-21 season, more than they had in their previous 16 under manager Thomas Tuchel (W10 D5 L1).

None of the last 19 Champions League winners have lost their first league game the following season, with Bayern Munich the last European champion to do so in 2001-02. On the previous occasion Chelsea were the reigning European champions, they began their league campaign with seven wins from eight games (D1).

Crystal Palace have lost six of their last eight Premier League games (W2). Indeed, no current Premier League side has taken fewer points from their last eight league matches than the Eagles (6).

As a player, Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira never ended on the losing side against Chelsea in the Premier League, winning six and drawing four of his 10 games against the Blues. It’s the most a player has ever faced Chelsea in the competition without suffering defeat.

Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic has scored more Premier League goals against Crystal Palace than he has vs any other opponent in the competition, with his four goals in four games against the Eagles accounting for 31% of his total of 13 goals in the division.

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke scored in his last four league appearances in the 2020-21 season – he’s never scored in five consecutive Premier League games before. The Belgian striker has netted seven Premier League goals against Chelsea, against no side has he scored more in the competition.

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