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Graham Potter will take control of his first Premier League game for Chelsea on Saturday afternoon when Crystal Palace host their capital opponents in a London derby at Selhurst Park.

The Blues began the international break in the seventh position in the standings, while the Eagles are nine places and four points worse off than their next opponents.

Crystal Palace will reunite with former loan star Conor Gallagher this weekend as they seek their second league victory of the season in Saturday’s derby.

Nick Pope and Vicente Guaita stole the show when Newcastle United and Crystal Palace battled to a 0-0 draw before the international break.

Newcastle’s goal was disallowed for a perceived foul by Joe Willock on Guaita, while in fact, Tyrick Mitchell shoved Willock into the Spaniard. Palace supporters would have been counting their fortunate stars that they walked away with a draw.

The Eagles are 16th in the preliminary standings, only two points above the relegation line, but they have a game in hand on most clubs and have only lost once in their past six matches.

After closing the 2021-22 Premier League season with five straight clean sheets at Selhurst Park, Palace have surrendered in each of their three top-flight home games so far this season.

The death and official burial of Queen Elizabeth II led to a cascade of postponements throughout the British Isles, but Potter will finally face Chelsea this weekend.

Thomas Tuchel’s replacement has only managed one game since his hiring, a 1-1 Champions League tie with Red Bull Salzburg. The Blues are winless in Europe.

Chelsea have only won two of their past seven games in all competitions, and with 10 points from six Premier League games, they are seventh in the standings, eight points behind league leaders Arsenal.

Some worry that Potter is a tiny fish in a large pond, and the ex-Brighton & Hove Albion coach is under pressure to reverse Chelsea’s losing streak on the road.

The visitors have scored only two goals on the road in 2022-23, but they’ve won their past nine league meetings against Crystal Palace. They’ve also won eight of their last nine London derbies on the road.

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