Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Crystal Palace

England warm up a training session on 29 October 2018

England warm up a training session on 29 October 2018

"I think the situation is that Drinkwater, for me, is not suitable for a midfield with two midfielders", he told a media conference.

Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri is keeping silent over the possibility of Nigerian winger, Victor Moses getting a loan deal that will take him out of an ongoing nightmare at Stamford Bridge.

"I think here I was lucky because my players were able to win without a high level of tactical level", the Italian coach added.

Big things are expected of the England global, despite him struggling to make his mark under Sarri so far. However, Palace, and particularly teams managed by Roy Hodgson, are often tough nuts to crack.

"I said to him "Don't forget, there's always a place for you here; if you are moving on we'd love to have you back, but I'm now expecting you to go to Russian Federation to do extremely well for England and I'm expecting Chelsea to welcome you back with open arms". I don't know [if they have a future at Chelsea].

Sarri is surprised at his team's lofty position in the table having predicted they would encounter "problems" in the first half of the campaign, and remains adamant that they are some way short of achieving the defensive solidity that underpins truly elite sides.

"I think that here I have been lucky".

"I'll be happy to see him, whether he plays or not".

"That's three people I've had close working relationships with I'll be pleased to see again, and fearful of the qualities they'll bring to the game".

Crystal Palace visit the west Londoners' home on Sunday afternoon, but the hosts will certainly be the favourites to win this game against a side that has only two wins in the last 10 matches.

This is the Chelsea team that's tasked with cracking the Eagles today. Olivier Giroud has missed out due to a minor injury, meaning Alvaro Morata starts as the focal point of the Chelsea attack.

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