The former Brighton manager is under increasing pressure at Stamford Bridge and the Blues are now marooned in mid-table and could even fall behind another capital rival with a big loss this afternoon. Beaten at Fulham on Thursday, it’s another massive game for Chelsea.
The hosts have now won just one of their last nine matches either side of the World Cup break and are in the midst of their worst top-flight run for some 27 years ahead of next weekend’s trip to Liverpool and further London derbies against West Ham and Fulham. However, they have at least been handed a boost by beating Arsenal to the signing of Mykhaylo Mudryk.
There will be emotional scenes at the Bridge as Chelsea pay tribute to legendary former player and manager Gianluca Vialli in their first home game since his sad passing from pancreatic cancer this month aged just 58.
Palace, meanwhile, haven’t been particularly consistent during Patrick Vieira’s second season in charge but have proven capable of springing surprises under his watch. The Eagles have lost three of their last four games and all of their last 11 meetings against Chelsea.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace is scheduled for a 2pm GMT kick-off time on Sunday January 15, 2023.
Stamford Bridge in west London will host the match.
Where to watch Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
TV channel and live stream: The game will not be broadcast live on TV in the UK. Highlights are available on Match of the Day 2 tonight from 10:30pm on BBC One.
LIVE coverage: Follow all the action live with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog and expert analysis from Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace team news
Joao Felix is suspended following the red card he picked up on his debut at Fulham, adding further problems for Chelsea. More than 10 senior players are already injured and Denis Zakaria was also forced off at Craven Cottage, limiting Potter’s options even more.
Raheem Sterling is still out, while Christian Pulisic will miss the next two months. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ben Chilwell are nearing Chelsea returns, but N’Golo Kante, Edouard Mendy, Reece James, Wesley Fofana and Armando Broja are all sidelined.
For Palace, Tyrick Mitchell returns from suspension today but James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson remain injured.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace prediction
It’s hard to see where a win is coming from for Chelsea right now. Frail at the back and toothless in attack, Palace’s energy could be too much for them.
Palace to win, 2-1.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Crystal Palace have not beaten Chelsea since a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park back in October 2017, losing 11 matches in a row against their London rivals.
Chelsea wins: 35
Crystal Palace wins: 12
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace latest odds
Chelsea to win: 3/4
Crystal Palace to win: 4/1
Odds via Betfair (Subject to change).