Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: Match Details, Player Fitness & Predictions | Premier League
Thomas Tuchel's men would be returning to the Premier League after a successful outing at the FIFA Club World Cup in the game Crystal Palace vs Chelsea.
Chelsea would be taking their most anticipated return to Premier League football as they get set for the match, Crystal Palace vs Chelsea, scheduled for today, Saturday, February 19, 2022, at Selhurst Park Stadium.
Chelsea, who is currently seven points behind Liverpool, who holds second place on the Premier League table, would be looking to make a point in today's fixture as other clubs are also closing in on them in third place.
Coming off the high of winning the FIFA Club World cup is a testimony about an improvement in Chelsea's current run of form even though they have continued to struggle to win games domestically.
Crystal Palace also hasn't had the best run of form so far after getting back-to-back draws in the fixture against Brentford FC and Norwich City.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Player Fitness
Aside from the fact that Crystal Palace would not be able to start Conor Gallagher, who can't face his parent club, Chelsea, Patrick Vieira would also be missing the youngster Nathan Ferguson due to a hamstring issue.
But Palace would also receive the boost of Will Hughes, who would be making a return to the squad.
With Ben Chilwell and Reece James still out of action for Chelsea, Mason Mount is also set to miss this tie due to an ankle injury sustained at the FIFA Club World Cup.
However, Loftus Cheek has returned to the squad and would be available for selection in today's fixture. Thomas Tuchel, in his press conference on Friday, February 18, 2022, expressed the doubt of the availability of the captain, Cesar Azpilicueta and the blues forward, Timo Werner.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Match Prediction
It is no secret that Chelsea has had a poor run of form in the Premier League over the past 5 games, but the Blues would be looking to make a difference in today's tie and continue their title pursuit or the race for a top-four finish.
Patrick Vieira's men, who suffered a defeat in the hands of Chelsea in the first leg of this tie, would be looking to shake things up a bit in the tie and also chase for a place in European football.
We would go for a draw looking at the current form of both sides, but we can still hope for either side to shake things up in this fixture.