Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea – PREVIEW

Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea – PREVIEW

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Chelsea players celebrate their title success

Guus Hiddink is looking for his first Chelsea win as his side take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday (13:30 GMT KO).

The Blues were held to a 0-0 draw by Manchester United last Saturday, and Hiddink will look to maintain his record of having not lost a game thus far in either of his spells at Chelsea.

Palace currently sit in seventh place – nine places and 11 points above Chelsea. They drew their last game 0-0 against Swansea at home.

Earlier this season at Stamford Bridge, Palace secured a 1-2 thanks to a headed winner from Joel Ward.

 

Last six games:

Crystal Palace: WDWWDD

Chelsea: LWLWDD (includes one Champions League games).

 

Team News:

– Diego Costa returns after suspension.

– Gary Cahill is also expected to shake off an ankle injury.

– Loic Remy is doubtful and striker Radamel Falcao is a definite absentee.

– Palace’s absentee list has continued to grow as Yohan Cabaye is suspended.

– The hosts are also without Patrick Bamford, who ended his loan spell at Selhurst Park early.

– Yannick Bolasie, Connor Wickham, Bakary Sako and Dwight Gayle all remain injured.

 

Statistics:

– Palace have never completed a league double over Chelsea.

– The Eagles have conceded just two goals in the last five games.

– Chelsea haven’t won in their last seven Premier League away games (D3 L4).

– Guus Hiddink has won 11 of his 15 games in charge of Chelsea.

– Alan Pardew has won five of eight games against Chelsea since 2012 – the highest of any manager.

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Crystal Palace (home vs. Swansea, drew 0-0): Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Hangeland, Souaré, Jedinak, McArthur, Zaha, Cabaye, Puncheon, Chamakh.

Chelsea (away vs. Manchester United, drew 0-0): Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Willian, Mikel, Oscar, Pedro, Hazard.