Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: Premier League prediction, team line-ups and where to watch on TV and online

Life will not get any easier for Crystal Palace as they host Premier League champions Chelsea on Saturday.



Palace's 4-0 defeat at Manchester United ensured the Eagles ended September without a single League goal or point in their opening seven games of the season.

Roy Hodgson has his work cut out to keep Palace in the top flight, but Antonio Conte's champions are also heading into the Selhurst Park clash under pressure.

Chelsea were comprehensively outplayed in their 1-0 home defeat against Manchester City before the international break, and Conte knows the Blues can ill-afford further slip-ups if they are to mount a successful title defence.

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Start time

Crystal Palace host Chelsea at Selhurst Park with kick-off scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, October 14.

TV and live online coverage

The match will be not be televised or shown live online in the UK.

Alternatively, you can follow all the action and analysis live from Selhurst Park with Standard Sport's matchday blog.

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Team news


Hodgson has confirmed that Wilfried Zaha is in contention to play after training for two weeks, though Wayne Hennessey will have a scan after the goalkeeper picked up a knock on international duty.

Christian Benteke remains sidelined, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek cannot play against his parent club.

Alvaro Morata is out after pulling out of Spain's squad for the international break with a hamstring injury, while N'Golo Kante will miss the rest of October with the same problem.

Conte may make a number of changes given that Chelsea play Roma in the Champions League four days after they face Palace, with the likes of Davide Zappacosta pushing for starts.

Predicted line-ups

Palace starting XI: Speroni, Ward, Sakho, Delaney, Van Aanholt, Cabaye, Milivokevic, Puncheon, Townsend, Zaha, Schlupp

Chelsea starting XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso, Pedro, Batshuayi, Hazard

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