Probable Lineups


Probable Lineups Statistical Comparison

(75) 40 Goals 28 (50)
(52) 29 Assists 13 (31)
(6.9) 6.9 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.6)
28.4 Average Age 29.9
184.8 Average Height (cm) 183.3
(1.2) 1.4 Shots pg 0.8 (0.8)
(53%) 51% Aerial Duel Success 49% (50%)
(0.7) 0.8 Dribbles pg 0.7 (0.8)
(1.2) 1.4 Tackles pg 1.2 (1.3)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Crystal Palace
Player Reason Status Rating
Hakim Ziyech Out 6.92
Romelu Lukaku Out 6.82
Player Reason Status Rating
Eberechi Eze Out 6.52
Nathan Ferguson Out 5.98
Conor Gallagher Out 7.09
Luka Milivojevic Out 6.44
Michael Olise Doubtful 6.66

Team News

Crystal Palace
  • Chelsea re-signed Romelu Lukaku on Thursday night but he now has to quarantine so will miss their opening match against Crystal Palace.
  • Hakim Ziyech is ruled out for Chelsea after suffering a shoulder injury in Wednesday's Super Cup win over Villarreal.
  • N'Golo Kante may also miss out after picking up a small problem in the victory. Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic look good to start here.
  • Trevor Chalobah has played his way into contention at centre-back after a really impressive pre-season.
  • Andreas Christensen, Mason Mount and Cesar Azpilicueta all got their first minutes of pre-season in midweek.
  • Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Reece James didn't feature on Wednesday so are perhaps unlikely to start here.
  • Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher can't face his parent club so will have to wait for his Crystal Palace debut. Fellow midfielder Luka Milivojevic is unavailable due to personal reasons.
  • Marc Guehi's first ever game in the Premier League will come against his boyhood club and team he left permanently in the summer.
  • Palace supporters excited by the prospect of a Guehi and Joachim Andersen partnership may have to wait as the latter didn't feature in pre-season. Cheikhou Kouyate may continue at the back for now.
  • Jean-Philippe Mateta looks set to start the season up front ahead of Christian Benteke after featuring heavily in pre-season.
  • Palace's fourth signing of the summer to date, Michael Olise, looks set to miss out on Saturday with a back injury, while Nathan Ferguson and Eberechi Eze are long-term absentees.


  • Chelsea won their second trophy of 2021 on Wednesday night after beating Villarreal on penalties in the European Super Cup.
  • Crystal Palace kickstart life with Patrick Vieira as manager with a tough game away to London rivals Chelsea. The Eagles were unbeaten in pre-season (W4,D1).
  • Chelsea put four past Palace home and away last season but should expect a tougher game in their Premier League opener.

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