Chelsea vs Crystal Palace: Paul Merson delivers prediction, will Eden Hazard be match?

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CHELSEA welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge on Sunday as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

Maurizio Sarri’s men sit third in the Premier League, two points behind leaders Liverpool and Manchester City.

The Blues have won seven and drawn three of their league games so far and are playing a brand of exciting football under the former Napoli boss.

Star man Eden Hazard has missed the last two matches however after suffering an injury in the draw with Manchester United.

While it has not been confirmed whether he will be fit to start against the Eagles, his return would be a timely boost for the home side.

Palace ended Arsenal’s 11 match winning run on Sunday, salvaged a 2-2 draw with a late penalty at Selhurst Park.

Roy Hodgson’s men sit in fourteenth place in the Premier League on eight points.

And Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has made his prediction for the contest.

“I thought Palace did well against Arsenal, but Chelsea are in a different league. They’ll be too good, too strong for Palace at the Bridge,” he told Sky Sports.

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Chelsea welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge (Pic: GETTY)

“Chelsea are playing well – they’re not the finished article but you can see smatterings of brilliance and the way Maurizio Sarri wants them to play.

“He’s getting the best out of certain players.

“I’m going for a Chelsea win, and for all three top teams to stay unbeaten still, which is unbelievable. 3-0.”

Speaking before Chelsea’s win over Derby in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, assistant manager Gianfranco Zola hinted that Hazard may feature.

“He (Hazard) is certainly much better,” said Zola. “I’m not sure today but tomorrow (Wednesday) he is going to be joining us in training.

“I don’t think he’s going to be involved in the game tomorrow but he is looking quite good for the weekend.”

Hazard is the Premier League’s top scorer, along with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on seven goals.

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