By Pa Reporter
Published: 15:46 GMT, 8 November 2019 | Updated: 16:10 GMT, 8 November 2019
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson always expected Frank Lampard would make a good manager - but hopes to make his own 300th Premier League match in charge one to remember.
Hodgson, 72, worked with Lampard during his time with England, and will now go head-to-head with the former midfielder in the dugout at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The 41-year-old has impressed during his first steps into coaching, having taken Derby to the Championship play-off final last season before returning to Chelsea in the summer.
Frank Lampard has made a fine start as Chelsea manager after taking over in the summer
'Frank Lampard has done a very good job, there is no question about that,' Hodgson said.
'The club have (also) done a good job in encouraging the manager and his staff to blood some of the players that had previously been out on loan. Everyone at the club deserves a pat on the back for that,'
'I'm certain that Frank will be more than happy with how the team has started, the way the team has played and where they find themselves both in the Premier League and the Champions League. It is happy days for him I am sure.'