‘It’ll be a tight one’: Sky Sports pundit predicts Chelsea FC v Crystal Palace
Charlie Nicholas looks ahead to Chelsea FC's home clash with Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday
Charlie Nicholas is backing Chelsea FC to claim a battling 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in front of their home fans on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League.
The west London side are heading into the clash looking to continue their recent good run of form, with Frank Lampard’s men having won all five of their last five outings in the Premier League.
Chelsea FC head into this weekend’s round of fixtures in fourth place in the Premier League table and on the back of their thrilling 4-4 draw with Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Crystal Palace, meanwhile, head to Stamford Bridge looking to return to winning ways after having dropped points in their last three Premier League outings.
Lampard’s men will be looking to sign off for the final international break of the year with three points in front of their home fans.
Former Arsenal star Nicholas is backing the Blues to get over the line and claim all three points, but he doesn’t think it will be an easy game for the home side.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “Crystal Palace are a better side away from home.
“Roy Hodgson has done a fabulous job when you consider he hasn’t really got a striker on the books. Christian Benteke’s goal record tells you everything, although Jordan Ayew has four goals this campaign.
“Palace just keep plodding away – Gary Cahill has improved them. Wilfried Zaha likes to turn up in these games.
“Mason Mount may be out, but Christian Pulisic is two footed, has lovely balance and is a great finisher. Chelsea had a wonderful comeback against Ajax – they should have seen the job off and they didn’t in the end.
“Tammy Abraham is a bit cold and not getting into the areas that matter as such, but Willian has been playing well.
“I think Chelsea will get over the line but it will be a tight one.”
Chelsea FC finished in third place in the Premier League last season under Maurizio Sarri before he returned to Serie A to take over at Juventus in the summer.