Chelsea vs Crystal Palace LIVE Football Score 15/01/2023
Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from three successive defeats in all competitions when they continue their Premier League campaign at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon. The Blues will enter the contest off the back of a 2-1 loss at Fulham in the league, while Palace suffered a 2-1 defeat to Southampton in the third round of the FA Cup last time out.Graham Potter is not believed to be under serious pressure at this moment in time, with the Chelsea boss expected to be given time to get things right at Stamford Bridge, but there is no getting away from the fact that it has been a tough start to his time at the helm.
The 47-year-old has won eight, drawn four and lost seven of his 19 games in charge of the Blues, who will enter this match off the back of three straight losses in all competitions, including their last two in the league. Indeed, Chelsea suffered a 2-1 loss to rivals Fulham in the league on Thursday, with that match following back-to-back defeats to Manchester City in the Premier League and FA Cup respectively, conceding five times to Pep Guardiola’s side and failing to find the back of the net. The Blues have four league games against Palace, Liverpool, Fulham and West Ham United before heading to Borussia Dortmund for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie. Potter’s side are currently down in 10th spot in the table, some 10 points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, who have a game in hand, so a Champions League finish this season is in severe doubt.
Chelsea have won each of their last 11 Premier League games against Palace, last failing to beat the Eagles in October 2017, which is a run of form that should hand them confidence heading into this match.Indeed, Palace’s last success over Chelsea was that game in October 2017, with the home team running out 2-1 winners at Selhurst Park, Wilfried Zaha dispatching the match’s decisive goal in the 45th minute. The Eagles are currently 12th in the Premier League table, just three points behind Chelsea, who have played a game more, so a victory on Saturday would move Patrick Vieira’s side level with their London rivals. Palace were last in league action on January 4, suffering a 4-0 loss at home to Tottenham Hotspur, but they were also beaten by Southampton last weekend in the FA Cup, so the capital outfit are yet to win in 2023.
The Eagles only have the league to worry about for the rest of the season, and they have three tough matches to end the month, taking on Man United and Newcastle United in their two after this one. Vieira’s side have been inconsistent on their travels in the league this season, picking up just nine points from eight matches, but they have won two of their last three on the road against West Ham United and Bournemouth, and the visitors will be looking to take advantage of Chelsea’s struggles.Chelsea’s issues have not been helped by a lengthy injury list, with Reece James, Wesley Fofana, N’Golo Kante, Armando Broja, Ben Chilwell, Raheem Sterling, Edouard Mendy and Christian Pulisic all out.
Denis Zakaria is also a major doubt with the issue that he suffered against Fulham, while the match could also come too soon for Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Joao Felix was sent off on his debut against Fulham, meanwhile, so the on-loan Atletico Madrid forward will miss the team’s next three matches due to a suspension. There could be three changes from the side that took to the field for the first whistle against Fulham, with Marc Cucurella, Jorginho and Hakim Ziyech potentially coming in for starts. As for Palace, Tyrick Mitchell is back from a suspension and is expected to return to the XI in defence. The Eagles will again be missing James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson through injury, but they are otherwise in good shape heading into the London derby.
There is not expected to be any major surprises in the away side’s XI on Sunday afternoon, with Zaha likely to be joined in the final third of the field by Jordan Ayew and Eberechi Eze. Joel Ward is likely to be the player to miss out at the back, with Nathaniel Clyne set to switch to right-back to allow Mitchell to return to his left-back position.
Chelsea head into their clash against Crystal Palace looking to arrest their poor form that has seen them just win once in nine attempts. It will be no easy task for Graham Potter, who has limited availability of players once again to make his selection from. New signing Joao Felix appeared to spark some life into Chelsea against Fulham but will not see his first outing at Stamford Bridge until next month after being sent off at Craven Cottage. It was clear Potter was disappointed to be without his new charge.
In his pre-match press conference he said: “Of course, we’re disappointed because he came here to play, he came on loan to play. You saw his quality when he was on the pitch. To lose him for three games is a real blow for us but there’s nothing we can do. We just have to deal with it.”Felix being ruled out of the game against the Eagles was part of a double blow for Chelsea, however. Potter saw his injury list lengthened when Denis Zakaria had to leave the pitch with injury to his quadricep after clearing the ball. Chelsea will therefore be without 11 players for the clash.
“We have to recover,” Potter added. “We have to recover from the disappointment of the game . We have to assess all the players in terms of recovery and injury, whatever we have. Then we have to be positive, move forward and take a home game on. It’s another London derby against a team with dangerous players. So we have to be good ourselves and prepare the team.”
Kepa Arrizabalaga made an error to allow Fulham’s winning goal but with Edouard Mendy having recently undergone surgery, the Spaniard remains the favourite to guard Chelsea’s net this weekend. Likewise, Chelsea’s backline did not have its finest day against the Cottagers, perhaps leaving a number of players at risk of being dropped. Thiago Silva is close to certain to start, while Kalidou Koulibaly has started every game since domestic football’s return. The Senegal international has struggled for form despite his goal against Fulham and that could hand Potter the opportunity to provide Benoit Badiashile with his Chelsea debut.