Chelsea has returned from the UAE, where they won the FIFA Club World Cup. Thomas Tuchel’s club will now aim on finishing in the top four this season. Chelsea is now in third place, but they are being challenged by Arsenal and West Ham. On Matchday 26, the Blues will travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace.
Chelsea has secured five victories in the last five matches between the two clubs. The blues have scored at least two goals in each of the last five games against the Eagles, demonstrating their dominance. Chelsea has four wins and one draw in its past five games in all competitions this season. However, Crystal Palace has only won one of their past five games this season. According to the premier league statistics, the Blues’ squad is in better shape than the Eagles’ squad. Even without Mason Mount, who was hurt in Chelsea’s triumph against Palmeiras, Chelsea’s team may easily snap Crystal Palace’s unbeaten streak at Selhurst Park.
Because of their UEFA Champions League encounter next week, Thomas Tuchel may start Romelu Lukaku from the bench. He could start Kai Havertz as a false nine with Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech. Werner will be able to cut in through the left flank and support the False 9. Crystal Palace are superb in compact defense, therefore Chelsea will need a skilled dribbler like Hakim Ziyech to find spaces and lay through balls to Kai Harvetz.
Despite Kepa Arrizabalaga’s excellent performance in recent weeks, notably saving a penalty against Plymouth in the FA Cup, Edouard Mendy will keep his starting spot. Thomas Tuchel has always preferred a back three against average opponents because it allows his team to control the midfield. Mendy will be assisted by Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azipilicueta, and Andreas Christensen in defending the goalpost against Crystal Palace forwards. Predict the final score in the comments section below.
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