Crystal Palace are fighting to keep their heads above water with only three points seperating them and Sunderland – who have a game in hand – in the relegation zone. Although Tony Pullis’ men have only conceded three goals in their last four games, they have only managed to score one in that same period of time. On the bright side the Eagles fare much better at Selhurst Park and will look to use their home advantage against the league leaders. Marouane Chamakh still carries an injury so Cameron Jerome will continue leading the Palace line supported by Joe Ledley.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Matic, Schürrle, Oscar, Hazard, Torres
Chelsea head into the class after demolishing title challengers Arsenal 6-0 at Stamford Bridge, solidifying their place at the top of the league. With Manchester City and Liverpool breathing down their necks, the Blues will need to get a result if they’re to stay ahead of the pack. Ramires is still carrying his ban after his horrible challenge of Aston Villa’s Karim El Ahmadi in their 1-0 loss at Villa Park two weeks ago. David Luiz should be his replacement. Fernando Torres will lead the line not only because Mourinho prefers the Spaniard away from Stamford Bridge, but Samuel Eto’o limped off the pitch in their win over Arsenal.
And seriously,,is crystal palace still chelsea london rival??..It’s good to always respect one’s opponent no matter though!
— bamidele isaac (@xtrimlysoccer) March 27, 2014
If chelsea tie/lose at crystal palace, rip epl title — boki (@BogdanCeha) March 27, 2014
Chelsea’s next game is going to be with Crystal Palace. No chance that they can lose. — 14/03/97 (@JustAnotherB0Y) March 26, 2014
Crystal Palace best pull something special out the bag against Chelsea..
— Byron Horsley (@ByzaDH) March 26, 2014
Ramires scored with a beauty of a curler in this fixture at Stamford Bridge earlier this season. Too bad he’s suspended this time round!
Fernando Torres came on as a substitute for the injured Samuel Eto’o against Arsenal and was a threat throughout the match. If he can carry his confidence and swagger over for the trip to Selhurst Park, then expect the World Cup winner to put one or two past the Palace defence.
Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea: An Alternative Preview
The Eagles have won just five of their 25 Barclays Premier League London derbies at Selhurst Park.
Chelsea have won eight and lost none of the last 12 league meetings against Crystal Palace.