In the upcoming Chelsea versus Crystal Palace match, expectations are for a closely contested game. Crystal Palace’s recent form shows a trend of drawing games, with three draws in their last five league outings. Chelsea, meanwhile, have struggled at home in the Premier League, failing to secure a win in six out of nine games at Stamford Bridge.
Goals from both sides have been a common feature in many of Crystal Palace’s away games, with this occurring in five out of their nine away matches. Jean Philippe-Mateta, in particular, has been in good form, finding the net twice in league games this month.
The atmosphere at Stamford Bridge is set to be tense, with neither Chelsea nor Crystal Palace having much to celebrate this holiday season. Both teams are stuck in mid-table mediocrity, making it challenging to confidently back either side.
Chelsea’s recent schedule has been demanding, with matches against Wolves, Manchester United, and Everton, showing that Mauricio Pochettino still has much to refine with the team. Chelsea’s mixed record at home mirrors Crystal Palace’s equally inconsistent away form.
Crystal Palace, under Roy Hodgson, have shown resilience, managing to draw against teams like West Ham, Manchester City, and Brighton in December. Chelsea, on the other hand, have had their share of draws in the league and were held to a 1-1 draw by Newcastle in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.
Previous encounters between these teams have been tight, with Chelsea edging out by a single goal in last season’s matches. A draw seems a likely outcome for this fixture.
Despite the possibility of a draw, the match promises to be eventful. Chelsea has been part of high-scoring games recently, suggesting that goals might be expected. Crystal Palace’s recent matches have also seen both teams scoring, with a 1-1 result appearing to be a likely scoreline.
Odsonne Edouard, Crystal Palace’s leading scorer, is unfortunately sidelined due to injury. In his absence, Jean Philippe-Mateta has stepped up, showing improved form and scoring against top teams. Mateta, despite limited chances, has been a key scorer for Palace and could be a pivotal player against Chelsea.