Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
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Premier League Preview: Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace

Premier League Preview: Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace

Zaha suffered a knee ligament injury against Newcastle United on February 4, with initial reports indicating he could miss the rest of the season.

But although Hodgson indicated Zaha has recovered much quicker than anticipated, the Ivory Coast worldwide may not be risked for Saturday's trip to Chelsea.

Loanee Timothy Fosu-Mensah is available after being ineligible against parent club Manchester United on Monday. They have fantastic players, are a brilliantly run and powerful club, and have a very good manager and coaching staff.

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Chelsea were barely troubled during their Premier League outing against Crystal Palace on Saturday, as Willian scored in a 2-1 win.

If the outing against Manchester City was any indication, then Antonio Conte's men are going through a huge confidence crisis; something, that they have been prone to in the recent past. It finished 1-1, with Andros Townsend, now of Crystal Palace, scoring England's equaliser.

Palace had beaten Chelsea in their previous two encounters and won on their past two visits to Stamford Bridge, but they have now lost four games in succession and remain in the bottom three. They are 18th in the league with 27 points on board.

However, Palace now sit in 17th place in the Premier League and will be seeking a result at Stamford Bridge to help pull them away from the relegation zone.

Having spent much of his time at Chelsea operating in Eden Hazard's shadow, Willian has emerged as a leading light in the team ahead of their Champions League showdown with Barcelona.

The last time Chelsea lost three home London derbies in a row against the same opposition in the top-flight was vs Arsenal in April 1974.

In addition to scoring the opening goal for Chelsea and proving to be their most consistent threat in the final third, the Brazil global was the key man when it came to setting the tempo of the game for the Blues.

After starting the Premier League season with seven straight defeats Palace claimed their first win - and first goals - by beating Chelsea 2-1 in October. Palace have drawn nine games in the league this season but only one of these has come against teams in the top nine of the division. The champions have conceded ten goals in their last five league matches so both teams to score must have a big chance of returning profits this weekend.

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