Crystal Palace v Chelsea: Premier League preview
Crystal Palace host league leaders Chelsea in a London derby on Saturday.
Alan Pardew’s side suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat at home to Man United on Wednesday which leaves the Eagles just three points above the relegation zone.
Crystal Palace have one win in their last ten matches.
Chelsea, meanwhile, recorded a 10th consecutive Premier League victory on Wednesday after a 1-0 win at Sunderland. The recalled Cesc Fabregas scored the only goal of the game.
Antonio Conte’s side head into the weekend six points above Liverpool and Arsenal.
A win on Saturday would put the Blues within two matches of Arsenal’s 2001/02 record of 13 straight league wins.
Jason Puncheon returns after serving a one-match ban against Man United.
James Tomkins’ groin strain is worse than first thought and the defender is only likely to return in mid January.
Pardew has said that injuries “are putting a strain” on his squad. Steve Mandanda, Loic Remy, Bakary Sako, Pape Souare and Connor Wickham are all long-term absentees.
Yohan Cabaye and Joe Ledley will battle it out for a role in central midfield.
Eden Hazard is likely to return for Chelsea after missing out in midweek. Conte revealed that he didn’t think the Belgian’s knock to his knee was serious.
Oscar could return from illness while John Terry is a doubt with a gluteal strain.
Goalscorer Fabregas could keep his place in the side ahead of Nemanja Matic.
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