Our football match prediction:
Crystal Palace and Chelsea face each other at Selhurst Park in the local derby. The Eagles were on the verge of sharing the spoils with Manchester United at the weekend, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic eventually scored the winner for Jose Mourinho’s troops in the dying minutes of the game. Alan Pardew’s men aim to make amends for the defeat, but they face an uphill task in Saturday’s football match against the league leaders. Chelsea recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in midweek, with the team extending their winning run in the league to ten matches. Antonio Conte’s troops are high on confidence ahead of the London derby and we predict that the Blues will emerge triumphant in the Selhurst Park showdown. In Eden Hazards’ absence, a man to watch in the away team will be Spanish attacker Diego Costa, who has been scoring goals for fun this season.
Highlighted Player (Townsend):
Andros Townsend is an English footballer who plays for Crystal Palace. He started his professional career at Tottenham Hotspur (2009), but he played for a number of English clubs on loan in the past (Yeovil Town, Leyton Orient, MK Dons, Ipswich Town, Watford, Millwall, Leeds United, Birmingham City, Queens Park Rangers). On 26 January, 2016, Townsend signed a deal with Newcastle United for a fee of £12 million. However, following Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 campaign, Andros joined Crystal Palace on a five-year contract as the Eagles decided to match his £13 million release clause. Andros Townsend plays as a winger and he made his England debut on 11 October, 2013. Back then England recorded a 4-1 win over Montenegro in the World Cup qualifiers. The Crystal Palace footballer was born in Leytonstone on 16 July, 1991 and he attended Rush Croft Sports College. Andros Townsend is a Tottenham Hotspur fan, but he couldn’t quite realise his potential while at White Hart Lane
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game. Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash. After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.