Chelsea vs Crystal Palace: analysis, injury news and available squad
It is another new Premier League season at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea playing their first Premier League match against Crystal Palace on Saturday evening by 03: 00 pm.
Thomas Tuchel's team will be hoping to start the season in a flying colour after ending their 2020 season with a Champions League trophy, making them the Champion of Europe.
Chelsea has already opened their season with a trophy after winning Spanish club Villareal in the UEFA Super Cup final; they will be hoping to continue their winning ways today in the Premier League.
Chelsea's manager Thomas Tuchel has already created a squad with a great winning mentality, one of the keys to the game against Crystal Palace.
On the other hand, Crystal Palace will be facing the Champions of Europe in their Premier League opening game, hoping to give Chelsea a tough test today evening.
The arrival of Patric Viera as the club's new manager is another reason that will make it a tough match between the two clubs as everyone at Crystal Palace will be fighting for a starting role.
Patric Viera will hope to get a positive result in his first game at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea's new signings, injury update and strength
The game against Crystal Palace at Stamford will be the first Premier League match Tomas Tuchel's team will play in front of their fans after the coronavirus outbreak, having played in close doors for a long time
Thomas Tuchel's team is one of the tough teams to face in the Premier League due to their squad depth. In past seasons, Chelsea has signed many talented players to boost their squad.
Thomas Tuchel has added another great striker in Romelo Lukaku to his team after the departure of Olivier Giroud to AC Milan to help him get many goals this season.
Last season, nine Premier League clubs scored more goals than Chelsea, and it will be an amazing team to watch this season, with Lukaku adding to such a squad with a great football flow.
Ahead of the club's first Premier League match against Crystal Palace, Thomas Tuchel has provided an injury update with Hakim Ziyech out of the game due to a shoulder injury.
Hakim Ziyech, who scored the only Chelsea's goal in the UEFA Super Cup, had a shoulder injury some minutes after his goal against Villareal.
New signing Romelu Lukaku will not be part of the squad to face Palace as he came in late to prepare for the game, although he might be available in the next game.
Romelu Lukaku, who rejoined his boyhood club Chelsea will not be part of the squad against Crystal Palace
Chelsea's available squad against Crystal Palace
Below are Chelsea's available squad for the start of the Premier League match against Crystal Palace:
K. Arrizabalaga, A. Rudiger, M. Alonso , A. Christensen , Jorginho , T. Silva, N. Kante , M. Kovacic, T. Abraham , C. Pulisic, T. Werner, R. Loftus-Cheek , T. Chalobah, K. Zouma, E. Mendy, M. Mount, C. Hudson-Odoi , B. Chilwell , R. James , C. Azpilicueta , K. Havertz and P. Emerson.
Crystal Palace's new signings, injury update and strength
Crystal Palace's new manager Patric Viera has strengthened his squad ahead of the 2021 season; he has signed six players in different positions adding to his great squad.
Marc Guehi, Joachim Andersen, Michael Olise, Remi Matthews, Jacob Montes and Conor Gallagher joined Viera's squad this season and will help the team win many games.
Crystal Palace winger Wilfred Zaha will be a tough player to stop at Stamford Bridge due to his great skills and scoring ability. Patric Viera will be hoping to see a good performance from the Ivorian international.
Ahead of Palace's first Premier League game against Chelsea, Viera has provided a positive team update with Michael Olise and Luka Milivojevic out through injuries while others are available for the game.
Crystal Palace's available squad against Chelsea
Below are Crystal Palace's available squad list ahead of the game against Chelsea:
J. Butland, V. Guaita, R. Matthews, N. Ferguson, M. Guéhi, J. Jach, T. Mitchell, J Andersen, R. Hannam, R. Hannam, C. Kouyaté, J.Tomkins, E. Eze, J. Schlupp, J. McArthur, L. Milivojević, J. Rak Sakyi, J. Riedewald, C. Gallagher, M. Olise, J. Ayew, C. Benteke, J. Mateta and W. Zaha
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace head-to-head (H2H)
In preparation for the new Premier League season, Chelsea won three of their four preseason friendlies beating Peterborough (6-1), Bournemouth (2-1), Arsenal (2-1) and a 2-2 draw against Tottenham.
On the other hand, Crystal Palace had a nice preseason ahead of their preparation for the new season; they won four of their six pre-season friendlies against Watford (3-1), Reading (3-1), Ipswich (1-0) and Walsall (1-0).
Ahead of the match at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea has beaten Crystal Palace in their last six meetings in the Premier League. Patric Viera's side will hope to end their defeats on Saturday evening.