Chelsea are hoping Saturday will mark the start of another stellar season as they host Crystal Palace on the opening weekend.
The Blues have already bagged a trophy with the Super Cup, but the Champions League in May is now about getting back to the top of English football.
It’s a new morning for Palace with Patrick Vieira at the helm and some impressive summer shopping. Roy Hodgson guarantees security, but little else – can Vieira build on it? His first job is up there with the toughest he’ll face.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace is scheduled for kick-off on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. BST.
Where can you see Chelsea versus Crystal Palace?
The game will not be broadcast live in the UK as the Premier League returns to the 3pm blackout on Saturday after fans return to the stadiums.
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace Team News
Romelu Lukaku, once signed, is unlikely to be there due to a lack of training with his new teammates, despite the fact that it is an exterior shot of an appearance by the bench. Hakim Ziyech is out of the Supercup victory after a bad looking arm injury.
Kai Havertz played the full 120 minutes on Wednesday, so he could be out of the starting XI, with Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic possibly joining them.
Crystal Palace could debut defensemen Marc Guehi, formerly Chelsea, and Joachim Anderson, although loanee Conor Gallagher is unsuitable for his mother club.
Eberechi Eze is out in the long run.
Action pictures via Reuters
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace prediction
Another midweek cutlery means Chelsea will fly high even before Romelu Lukaku gets in the ranks.
Patrick Vieira will know his team will face them in their first game, but could they exploit the nerves of the first day with a new man in the dugout?
Unlikely. Chelsea wins 3-0.
Head-to-Head (h2h) course and results
- Chelsea wins: 31
- Draws: 15
- Crystal Palace: 12
Betting odds and tips
- Chelsea wins: 2/9
- Draw: 9/2
- Crystal Palace to win: 13/1