Premier League Preview: Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea

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Selhurst Park is the scene for the latest London Derby, a cross-city slugfest between two sides who can score: Crystal Palace and Chelsea (Watch live at 7:30 a.m. EDT Saturday on NBCSN, and online via NBCSports.com).

While only one is decent at the whole “defending” thing, we could see fireworks from both clubs.

It’s a London Derby, but Antonio Conte is admitting some animosity of China. The Italian is not mincing words regarding the Chinese Super League’s wild pursuit of talent.

“The Chinese market is a danger for all teams in the world,” he said.

“But I think that we must concentrate on our work. I think that this league is fantastic and to play in this league is a great opportunity and honour. Players must be very proud to play in this league because it is the best league in the world.”

Not exactly shining glow regarding Oscar‘s interest in leaving, huh?

What they’re saying

Palace boss Pardew on Conte’s work at Stamford Bridge: “Coming from Serie A, it’s a different type of football. Conte’s got to grips with the Premier League [quickly]. He’s been helped by his players having history in the Premier League, but he’s done a fantastic job. They look unbeatable at the moment. His man management [has been good]. Hazard and Costa are a different proposition to last year and they’ll admit that. Fabregas too.”

Conte on the status of Eden Hazard“We have to see if I decide to put Eden in the starting 11, but he is fit, today he trained, and then for sure not only for him but for the other players I give this night to decide because it is not easy to play three games in six days.”

Prediction

Almost every other game: that’s how seldom Chelsea allows a goal. Wilfried Zaha and company will test that, but we expect the Blues to find a way to outgun the Eagles. Chelsea 2-1.

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