Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Crystal Palace v Chelsea
The former Liverpool defender is backing Crystal Palace to get a result against Chelsea on Saturday afternoon
Mark Lawrenson is backing Crystal Palace to end Chelsea’s winning run at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues will make the trip across London as Antonio Conte’s side look to record their 11th successive Premier League victory.
The west London side were 1-0 winners against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night thanks to Cesc Fabregas’ first-half winner.
Chelsea haven’t dropped points in the Premier League since September when Arsenal were 3-0 winners against their London rivals at The Emirates.
Palace, on the other hand, suffered a 2-1 defeat by Manchester United mid-week after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late winner in the English capital.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson is making a bold prediction for Palace’s home clash against leaders Chelsea, backing Alan Pardew’s men to deny the Blues three points.
“I was at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday to see Chelsea beat Sunderland 1-0 and I saw the gulf between the team at the top of the table and a side at the bottom,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“Sunderland gave everything but had nowhere near the same quality as the Blues.
“It was a very impressive performance by Antonio Conte’s side and, like their win over West Brom at the weekend, it came against a team who just tried to stop them.
“In both games, Chelsea found a way to keep their winning run, which has now stretched to 10 games, going with a great goal and they did not concede. In fact, the opposition have only scored twice against them in that time.”
Lawrenson added: “This is another tough game – Crystal Palace were only beaten by a late Manchester United goal on Wednesday and made life difficult for them.
“This Blues run will end at some point and I think it will end when they are away from home.
“A point would be a great result for Palace and, although it will mean Chelsea drop a couple of points, it will not be a serious setback.”
Chelsea are six points clear at the top of the Premier League table after 10 successive top-flight victories.
The west London outfit haven’t won a Premier League title since 2014-15 under Jose Mourinho.