Paul Merson states his prediction for Crystal Palace v Chelsea

Paul Merson looks ahead to Chelsea's clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday lunchtime

Paul Merson believes that Chelsea are set to be held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace in Saturday’s Premier League clash.

The Blues head into the game in stunning form, with Antonio Conte’s men having wrapped up their 10th win on the spin in the top flight against Sunderland in midweek.

Chelsea know that victory over Palace would move them a staggering nine points clear at the top of the table ahead of this weekend’s round of fixtures.

The west London club have inevitably been installed as the firm favourites to win the title this season following their recent brilliant form.

However, former Arsenal star Merson believes that Chelsea could be on course to drop points against the Eagles on Saturday lunchtime at Selhurst Park.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Merson said: “I know Palace haven’t enjoyed the best of times recently, and Chelsea are playing well, but this will be a hard game for Chelsea. For me, it all depends on Wilfried Zaha. The way of beating this three-at-the-back system is to get the ball out wide. They can give Chelsea a bit of a scare if they do.

“If you look at Chelsea’s last two games, they haven’t blown teams away. They fell over the line against West Brom, who deserved a draw and then a world class save stopped Sunderland getting a point.

“This is a difficult game, and I don’t think Chelsea are scoring enough goals at the minute. Draw.”

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Chelsea finished in 10th place in the Premier League table and without a trophy last season after a disastrous attempt at defending their title.

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