Chelsea close gap on Spurs as Palace are left in relegation mire

Palace come into this game on the back of three consecutive defeats in the league.

After four losses in the previous five Premier League games, Conte was relieved with a victory which comes ahead of a critical week of the season, with the trip to Barcelona followed by the FA Cup quarter-final at Leicester. But eight points from their last eight games has seen them overtaken by their main rivals who are now threatening to disappear over the horizon. "Top, cream of the crop, he's incredible", United manager Jose Mourinho said after his side's win over Chelsea two weeks ago. "For this reason I think it's important for us don't lose points, don't drop points, in every game".

"But I think Crystal Palace are not just Zaha".

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email comment Chelsea's Willian celebrates his opener against Crystal Palace. The south London club remains winless in its last seven games and lodged in the relegation zone. This is no home banker for the Blues.

This is the context in which the Blues welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge on the weekend.

Roy Hodgson's men have scored in all of their last six away matches, having started the season without a goal in their opening eight games on the road.

As seen on many occasions at Stamford Bridge over the past few seasons, the Shed End was thrilled on Saturday (March 10) by the sight of Willian drifting across the pitch with panic-injecting pace. Nevertheless, they will still need to be defensively concentrated.

Crystal Palace: Wayne Hennessey 4, Aaron Wan-Bissaka 5, Martin Kelly 4, James Tomkins 6, Patrick van Aanholt 7, Andros Townsend 5, Luka Milivojevic 6, James McArthur 6, Jeffrey Schlupp 5, Christian Benteke 6, Alexander Sorloth 6. Alonso crossed to Willian, who dummied for Hazard in the box. The young Dane has had a tough time lately, seeing the slightest infractions go ruthlessly punished.

After successive starts against Spurs and United, a third could follow at Chelsea, and Hodgson hopes we are witnessing the start of a promising Premier League career.

Both teams to score is generously priced at [2.24] and appeals strongly for this match.

There is much to prove for everyone, whether it be the players or the coaching staff. Andreas Christensen has been subject to individual defensive errors in Chelsea's last three outings and hence has to be more wary of his game now. They simply can not afford anything but three points.


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