Chelsea vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Frank Lampard’s Blues look to move second with win | Football | Sport
Frank Lampard’s charges are in fine form and can go at least temporarily second with three points against ninth-placed Crystal Palace, who have beaten Manchester United away from home and taken a point at Arsenal.
Palace sit sixth in a league table based on the calendar year and will no doubt be a threat to the hosts, but Lampard will hope his superstitious routines can once again help his side come out victorious.
The Chelsea boss branded his superstitions as “ridiculous” as he explained: “Only routines, and only routines about walking the dog, or what time I leave, or maybe what boots I wear in training, or little bits and bobs.
“I walk the dog at certain times and on certain days. I will walk her at a certain time, for a certain route. I take her out in the morning. I go out early before I leave, I take her down to the local coffee shop, get my takeaway coffee, walk around, then go to training.
“I like going to the gym as well – that’s another one of my superstitions. I have to do exactly the same amount of time on the bike – 50 minutes – or the exact route that I run. Things like that.
“If I don’t do them, then I can feel like, ridiculously, it might have an effect on results. I like going to the gym, I like walking the dog, I like eating pasta as a pre-match meal, so I stick with certain things.”
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace line-ups
Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga; James, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson; Kante, Kovacic; Mount, Willian, Pulisic; Abraham.
Chelsea subs: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Gilmour, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, Giroud.
Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Ward, Tomkins, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur; Townsend, Zaha, Ayew.
Crystal Palace subs: Hennessey, Dann, Kelly, McCarthy, Riedewald, Schlupp, Benteke.