Life will not get any easier for Crystal Palace after the international break as they host Premier League champions Chelsea on October 14.

Palace’s 4-0 defeat at Manchester United ensured the Eagles ended September without a single League goal or point in their opening seven games of the season.

Roy Hodgson has his work cut out to keep Palace in the top flight, but Antonio Conte’s champions are also heading into the Selhurst Park clash under pressure.

Chelsea were comprehensively outplayed in their 1-0 home defeat against Manchester City break the international break, and Conte knows the Blues can ill-afford further slip-ups if they are to mount a successful title defence.

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Start time

Crystal Palace host Chelsea at Selhurst Park with kick-off scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, October 14.

TV and live online coverage

The match will be not be televised or shown live online in the UK.

Alternatively, you can follow all the action and analysis live from Selhurst Park with Standard Sport’s matchday blog.

Live Updates



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Team news

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Palace are still set to be without Wilfried Zaha after the international break, with the winger still struggling with a knee injury.

With Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham currently out, that means either Bakary Sako or Freddie Ladapo will likely lead the attack against Chelsea given that Ruben Loftus-Cheek cannot face his parent club.

Alvaro Morata is confident he will be fit to face Palace despite pulling out of Spain’s squad for the international break with a hamstring injury.

Standard Sport understands that Morata has told close friends that he expects to be sidelined for a few days before resuming training next week.

Conte may make a number of changes given that Chelsea play Roma in the Champions League four days after they face Palace, with the likes of Davide Zappacosta pushing for starts.

Predicted line-ups

Palace starting XI: Hennessey, Ward, Sakho, Delaney, Van Aanholt, Cabaye, Milivokevic, Puncheon, Townsend, Sako, Schlupp

Chelsea starting XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Pedro, Morata, Hazard

Head to head


Betting odds (via betfair)

  • Palace to win: 11/1
  • Draw: 4/1
  • Chelsea to win: 3/10

Click here to place a bet. Odds correct as of October 2 at 1pm.