PMB: Crystal Palace v Chelsea - talking points

With international football returning to the backburner, it is a local contest for the Blues as domestic football resumes. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton switch their attention to south London…  


Licking wounds after defeat a fortnight ago, Chelsea head to Crystal Palace mindful that the beleaguered Eagles swooped to victory over us as recently as April.

Saturday’s hosts have taken 10 points from a possible 48 since that 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge, though, and have failed to score in their past eight Premier League matches.

The right outcome against the bottom club will not be achieved without the same hard work that brought the league trophy to the Bridge last season, but Antonio Conte has his team in peak form on their travels this season.

The historic night at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium completed a sixth successive victory on the road in all competitions for Conte’s side, equalling our best ever sequence as a top-tier team achieved in 2004/05 (twice), 2005/06, 2006/07 (twice), and 2012/13.