MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
@alibruceball: This is Crystal Palace’s fourth game in a row against one of the Premier League’s current top five, and the way Chelsea are going it could be as tricky as any of them.
We’re always told to expect inconsistency from young players making regular starts in Premier League football but so far Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have been the complete opposite and they’ve got Chelsea aiming for a sixth Premier League win in a row.
The added joy for Chelsea fans is they’re watching some thrilling football with lots of goals along the way.
Crystal Palace do it a different way. Roy Hodgson has admitted they are not going to be a free-scoring team this season, which means defending always has to be spot on. Conceding three goals from set-pieces against Arsenal and Leicester is an obvious concern.
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT
Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard on being named Premier League manager of the month for October: “[It’s a] really nice award to win as a manager, particularly against very good competition.
“I respect all the other managers in the Premier League because I know what a job they do now that I am here.
“It is a good time to thank people at this club. They help me daily. I take the picture but there are people behind the scenes, particularly my close staff who put in the hours that we do, and the players because they go out and perform.”
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson on his 300th Premier League game: “It’s surprising how quickly you pick those games up. It’s a very nice milestone.
“I’m proud of that of course but I’m looking to push that number forward in the future.
“My 300 games are full of good memories. There are so many individual matches you could pick out. I like to think of it as a body of memories.”
Before the season started, I thought Frank Lampard’s side would struggle in attack but they are exactly the opposite – they are getting goals from everywhere.
- Crystal Palace have only won two of their 17 top-flight away fixtures against Chelsea, both by 2-1 scorelines in August 2015 and April 2017 (D5, L10).
- Since returning to the Premier League in 2013-14, Crystal Palace have won four of the 12 meetings – double their amount of victories from 22 previous top-flight encounters.
- They can win six consecutive Premier League games for the first time since the end of their most recent title-winning season in May 2017.
- However, Chelsea have triumphed in just one of their five fixtures this season against teams in the top half of the table (D2, L2).
- Their only defeat in 10 matches in all competitions came against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup on 30 October (W8, D1).
- The Blues have scored seven goals in five league matches at Stamford Bridge this season, compared to 18 goals in six away fixtures.
- Chelsea won all five Premier League London derbies at Stamford Bridge in 2018-19, by an aggregate score of 12-3.
- Tammy Abraham’s nine goals is bettered only by Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy’s 10 in the Premier League this season.
- Crystal Palace are winless in three Premier League matches (D1, L2), conceding six goals.
- However, they have registered eight away league victories in 2019. Only Manchester City (12) and Liverpool (10) have been more successful on the road.
- The Eagles are one of only three Premier League sides, along with Watford and Manchester United, yet to score from a corner or free-kick.
- This will be their 100th London derby in the Premier League – only Fulham have a lower points-per-game ratio (0.84) than the Eagles’ 0.93.
- Since the beginning of last season, nine of Wilfried Zaha’s 10 Premier League goals have come in away fixtures.
- Zaha has had a league-high 20 shots without scoring in this campaign.
- This is Roy Hodgson’s 300th Premier League match as a manager. He is the 15th person to reach this landmark, and the sixth Englishman.