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Charlie Nicholas makes prediction for Crystal Palace V Chelsea clash

Christian Pulisic in action for Chelsea against Watford

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Match information

England, Premier League, 34 tour

07 July 2020 - 21:00

2

Crystal Palace

3

Chelsea

0 - 1 Olivier Giroud - 6`

0 - 2 Christian Pulisic - 27`

1 - 2 Wilfried Zaha - 34`

1 - 3 Tammy Abraham - 71`

2 - 3 Christian Benteke - 72`

Crystal Palace welcome a Chelsea in a London derby at Selhurst Park on Tuesday evening. The hosts go into the match having lost their last three games, whereas Chelsea made an immediate return to winning ways against Watford on Saturday.

Ahead of the game, Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has made a prediction for the game.

“I am looking forward to this one. Chelsea are tremendously unpredictable. They beat Manchester City, had the West Ham defeat, and then initially struggled against Watford,” he wrote.

“Is there a reason to keep Olivier Giroud out? I don’t think there is. You have to play him. Tammy Abraham is back and is fresh but he can be erratic – Giroud is tried and trusted.

“Palace have some good days, bad days, but Wilfried Zaha does not do enough. You cannot change him or his ability but how much do they need a number nine? They were interested in a goalscorer but they have never really found one. Are they going to seriously go out and get one? Until they go and do that, they do not have too much to build on, apart from shape and organisation. This can frustrate big teams, and particularly Chelsea who are not patient.

“This is my game and it should be a cracker. Rather than creative ability, Palace will stifle and try to play on the counter-attack. Everybody will begin to question the top four race again, but Chelsea will stumble here.”

Nicholas thinks the game will end with a 1-1 draw.

Source: Sky Sports