Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Selhurst Park will host midweek fixture between Crystal Palace and Chelsea, the two local rivals. Palace aim to bounce back from a heavy 3-0 loss to Leicester, but home win should not be considered as the Eagles have already secured the Premier League survival. Roy Hodgson has no fresh injury worries ahead of the local derby, but the likes of Martin Kelly, James Tomkins, and Jeff Schlupp remain in the recovery room.
The Blues, on the other hand, recorded a routine 2-0 win over Watford to retain their spot in top four. Chelsea quickly bounced back from a heart-breaking loss to West Ham, but they should not stop now. Since Frank Lampard’s troops are only two points clear of fourth-place Man Utd, we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Palace. Seeing that important midfielder N’Golo Kante should recover in time to face the Eagles, away win should considered.
Highlighted Player (Christian Benteke):
Christian Benteke, born on 3th of December 1990 is a Belgian football player with roots from Congo. Benteke started his career at KRC Genk and after playing for Standard Liege, KV Mechelen, KV Kortrijk and Aston Villa the striker got transferred to Liverpool. Benteke is 191cm and is known for being a very strong goal scoring striker. In May 2010 Benteke made his debut for the Belgian national team.
Christian Benteke didn’t win any mayor prices yet. In the season 2008/2009 he won the national league of Belgium. Benteke is signed by Nike and got transferred to Liverpool for 46 million euro which makes him the second most expensive football player from Belgium. Benteke’s nickname is The Beast or Bentegoal.
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.