Mark Lawrenson believes Crystal Palace will gain nothing from their trip to Stamford Bridge to face struggling Chelsea.
Patrick Vieira’s Eagles travel to west London this afternoon (Sunday) to face Graham Potter’s Blues, who are currently tenth in the Premier League following a poor run of mid-season results.
Following a 2-1 defeat against west London rivals Fulham on Thursday night, Chelsea have now won just one of their last ten games in all domestic competitions, piling the pressure on Potter and his beleaguered side, who are missing several key players due to injury..
New signee After being sent off on his debut against Fulham, Joao Felix was added to the absentee list for the game against Palace, with Chelsea’s list of players not available reaching double figures.
Despite this, former Liverpool defender Lawrenson believes Chelsea will take all three points against Palace, and he agrees with former Blues striker Chris Sutton in predicting a 2-1 win for Potter’s men.
“I didn’t expect Chelsea to lose at Fulham, but I knew it would be a tough one,” Lawrenson said. They played well, but Joao Felix’s red card hurt them. They might be able to get back on track in front of their own fans at Stamford Bridge. Palace do not spend lavishly and have some promising young players..
They are a good team on their day, but I wouldn’t want them here..
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