Chelsea’s visit to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace with both coaches under close scrutiny by their fans after a spate of poor results.
Back-to-back home wins for Palace have done little to quell the growing frustration around the club as Roy Hodgson battles to prove he is the man who can take the club forward.
For the Blues, Mauricio Pochettino knows a disappointing showing here will undo much of the hard work done by Chelsea’s superb midweek win at Aston Villa. Lose here and Chelsea risk becoming known as simply a cup team with their hopes of troubling the league’s European places already looking limp as they head across the capital.
H2H / Stats
The Blues are on a 13-game winning run in this fixture.
Crystal Palace wins: 12
Chelsea wins: 37
Hodgson will have to decide whether to insert Brazilian youngster Matheus Franca or striker Odsonne Edouard into his attack in a bid to rejuvenate a side beaten 4-1 by Brighton last time out. Marc Guehi, Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze are out, along with Jesurun Rak-Sakyi after his latest hamstring blow. Longer-term absentees Joel Ward, Rob Holding and Cheick Doucoure will miss out.
Chelsea may be without Benoit Badiashile after he come off at Villa Park, although Thiago Silva is likely to return to the XI regardless. Raheem Sterling and Christopher Nkunku face a battle to reclaim their places following positive showings by Noni Madueke and Nicolas Jackson in midweek. There is a chance Levi Colwill will be fit while Robert Sanchez has made a partial return to training. Reece James and Wesley Fofana remain among their long list of injured players.
Crystal Palace XI: Henderson (GK), Andersen, Wharton, Muñoz, Mitchell, Richards, Schlupp, Hughes, Lerma, Ayew, Mateta
Chelsea XI: Petrović (GK), Silva, Chilwell, Disasi, Gusto, Gallagher, Palmer, Fernández, Caicedo, Sterling, Nkunku
Chelsea has a healthy head-to-head record in this fixture and they face Palace the hosts when they are having troubles of their own.
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