Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have a spring in their step after following last season’s Champions League triumph with a dramatic victory over Villarreal in Wednesday’s Super Cup in Belfast, while they subsequently sealed the £97.5million return of Romelu Lukaku.
However, being taken to extra time and penalties just three days before the new top-flight campaign was hardly ideal preparation for the visit of Palace, while Lukaku is not yet available to make his second Blues debut.
It’s a new dawn for Palace, meanwhile, with Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira now at the helm following the departure of Roy Hodgson.
The Eagles have taken some impressive steps towards an overdue squad rebuild with a number of smart signings, but their new boss has yet to impress in management and fans will have wretched memories of the last time the club tried to completely reboot with Frank de Boer’s extremely short-lived reign.
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A tough task…
Chelsea have won 16 of their last 20 Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (L4), including each of the last seven in a row.
After winning back-to-back away league games against Chelsea in 2015-16 and 2016-17, Crystal Palace have lost their last four visits to Stamford Bridge by an aggregate score of 11-2.
No Lukaku today
We will have team news confirmed from Stamford Bridge in an hour or so but we do know that new record signing Romelu Lukaku will not be featuring for Chelsea.
The Belgian is still in quarantine but should be available next weekend.
A huge day for this man as he takes charge of his first Premier League match – against the champions of Europe no less!
An exciting day for Palace fans everywhere.
Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE coverage of a busy opening weekend in the Premier League!
This afternoon’s headline action comes from Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea – fresh off their dramatic Uefa Super Cup shootout win over Villarreal in Belfast – take on London rivals Crystal Palace, who are beginning a new era with Patrick Vieira in the dugout.
Stay tuned for the latest match build-up, team news and live updates!