Chelsea warned ahead of Crystal Palace encounter
Chelsea warned ahead of Crystal Palace encounter
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Chelsea warned ahead of Crystal Palace encounter

Former Arsenal player Charlie Nicholas has warned Chelsea ahead of their Premier League encounter with Crystal Palace on Saturday. 

Chelsea are flying high after a shaky start to the current campaign with the young guns flouring well in the Premier League. The Blues will host Palace at Stamford Bridge and Charlie has warned the west London side to be on guard against Roy Hodgson's men. The Sky Sports pundit says Palace are better side when playing away adding the game will be a tight one. 

"Crystal Palace are a better side away from home. Roy Hodgson has done a fabulous job when you consider he hasn't really got a striker on the books," he told Sky Sports.

"Christian Benteke's goal record tells you everything, although Jordan Ayew has four goals this campaign. Palace just keep plodding away - Gary Cahill has improved them. Wilfried Zaha likes to turn up in these games." 

"Mason Mount may be out, but Christian Pulisic is two-footed, has lovely balance and is a great finisher." 

Tight game

"Chelsea had a wonderful comeback against Ajax - they should have seen the job off and they didn't in the end. Tammy Abraham is a bit cold and not getting into the areas that matter as such, but Willian has been playing well."

"I think Chelsea will get over the line but it will be a tight one." 

Frank Lampard's men have won their last five Premier League games and currently sit fourth with 23 points.

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