Paul Ince predicts 26-year-old will score in Crystal Palace v Chelsea

The Man United legend is tipping Eden Hazard to score in a comfortable Chelsea win against Crystal Palace this weekend

Chelsea star Eden Hazard Photo: Nike

Paul Ince is backing Chelsea to make a swift return to winning ways thanks to Eden Hazard when the defending champions make a shirt trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues lost 1-0 to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in their final Premier League game before the international break following Kevin De Bruyne’s second-half winner against his former club.

Chelsea have already lost to Burnley and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge this term, while Arsenal made the short trip across the English capital to pick up a valuable point in west London.

Given their patchy home form, Antonio Conte’s players will be excited to get back on the road following three successive Premier League victories over Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Stoke City.

Crystal Palace lost 5-0 at Manchester City before a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United in the final game in September to leave Roy Hodgson’s men without a point rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.

Former Manchester United midfielder Ince is tipping the defending Premier League champions to secure three points against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

“If Eden Hazard plays, which he did for Belgium, I think he will net the first goal and I honestly believe Chelsea will make light work of this,” Ince told the Daily Express.

“They’ve got a few injuries, so I don’t think they’ll do as well as Man United or City did against Palace but, come on, I can’t see them losing.”

Chelsea signed six players in the summer transfer window to improve their squad ahead of a return to the Champions League.

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