Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
Chelsea welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge on Saturday night in the Premier League.
Both sides come into the game after a tricky few weeks.
For Chelsea, their hopes of playing Champions League football next season are beginning to fade.
While they take on Barcelona in the Camp Nou next week, the Blues are fifth in the Premier League, five points adrift of Tottenham.
While Crystal Palace are back in the relegation mire having slipped into the bottom three.
A 3-2 injury-time defeat to Man United on Monday night was a savage blow for Roy Hodgson’s men after they’d lead 2-nil.
Wilfried Zaha & Mamadou Sakho are back!
But the Eagles have received a shot in the arm on Thursday before the Chelsea game.
Roy Hodgson faced the media, and he’s revealed that Palace’s star players Wilfried Zaha and Mamadou Sakho are back in contention.
Hodgson has confirmed that Zaha is ahead of schedule on his comeback from a knee injury.
The winger has been training with the rehab people and the physios for a while, but he returned to first team training on Thursday, “albeit in a modified session”.
Will Zaha start against Chelsea? That’s unclear, but he should at least be on the bench.
As for Mamadou Sakho, the former Liverpool centre-half is scheduled to rejoin the group on Friday following his recent calf problem.