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Pedro will be the centre of attraction as the former Barcelona player makes his Stamford Bridge debut against Crystal PalaceGetty

Crystal Palace will travel to Stamford Bridge to take on reigning champions Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday, 29 August.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 3pm BST. Live TV coverage is not available in the UK. Live Radio commentary of the game is available on BBC Radio 5 Live. Highlights will be available on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10.20pm BST.

Overview

Chelsea take on Crystal Palace on Saturday in their fourth Premier League game of the season, as the Blues look to get back in their groove after a difficult start to the campaign. Jose Mourinho's team got their first win of the season against West Bromwich Albion in their previous game, but the defence has looked suspect with the Blues having conceded seven goals in their first three games.

The Portuguese manager will be keen to see his defence put in a stronger performance against the Eagles, who are enjoying a strong start to their campaign. It will be new arrival Pedro's first home game, and the fans will be hoping that he can recreate his performance from the previous game, where he scored one and provided an assist to start his Premier League in fine fashion.

Meanwhile, Palace are seen as one of the toughest games of the season for all the clubs, and Alan Pardew will be eager to build on his team's strong start to the season and take advantage of the stuttering Blues, who are yet to regain their form from last season.

Yohan Cabaye will be key for the Eagles as they take on the Blues, and his influence in midfield will be important if Palace are to come out on top at Stamford Bridge. The last time the two teams met, it was Chelsea who won the game, and it was the game that saw them crowned Premier League champions for the 2014/15 campaign.

What managers say

Jose Mourinho [on defence being suspect]: "We had individual mistakes completely out of context with the games. Man City, for example, I can say fantastically played [for their first goal]. The second goal was an individual mistake. The third goal, too, was out of context. Against West Brom, their first goal was fantastically played. An individual mistake for the second goal. Normally, individual mistakes are reduced. I trust the players, so I'm OK."

Alan Pardew: "We performed last year almost to our maximum and still got beat. It's one of those places. You have to go there and play your best game and hope that you get a result. We're in good shape and we're looking forward to Chelsea. It's always a great place to play, great atmosphere. Our fans will add to that. It'll be a great occasion."

Betting odds (888Sport.com)

  • Chelsea to win: 6/17
  • Draw: 17/4
  • Crystal Palace to win: 39/4

Team news

Chelsea

Possible XI: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Hazard, Willian, Pedro, Costa.

Crystal Palace

Possible XI: McCarthy, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, McArthur, Cabaye, Zaha, Sako, Puncheon, Murray.