Graham Potter starts his journey in the Premier League with Chelsea away to Crystal Palace in a London derby.
Potter’s first game for Chelsea ended in a 1-1 draw against RB Salzburg in the Champions League. Patrick Viera would like to cause another upset against a ‘top-six’ side, as they aim to go one better than their draw against Liverpool.
Chelsea’s form has left a lot to be desired recently winning 2 out of their last 5 matches which ended up with the arrival of Potter. Chelsea are currently sat in 7th place with 10 points in the Premier League after 6 games.
Chelsea won last time out in 2-1 victory West Ham after a comeback that was inspired by substitute Ben Chilwell, who will look to impress from the start on Saturday.
The hosts’ form will need to improve as they currently sit 16th with 6 points after 6 games.
They have only won once so far this season which came against Aston Villa. Scoring goals has been the issue, in their last match- a 0-0 draw against Newcastle- neither of their 19 shots got past Magpies’ Nick Pope.
Chelsea have been in good form against Crystal Palace, winning their last 9 League games. Only against Portsmouth (10), Sunderland (11) and West Brom (12) have the Blues had longer winning runs in their league history.
Whereas the Eagles have only lost against Liverpool more consecutively in their league history with 10 games. None of the last 22 Premier League matches between Crystal Palace and Chelsea have been drawn, with the blues winning 18 of those to the Eagles four. It’s the longest run without a draw between two sides in the competition’s history.
Chelsea have won eight of their last nine away Premier League London derbies, with the loss being against West Ham 3-2 last season. The Blues have kept seven clean sheets in this run, conceding four goals. Crystal Palace have lost just one of their last nine Premier League home games: win 4 and draw 4. Their loss is against Arsenal 2-0 in the opening game of the season.