Palace aim to get off the board in terms of points and goals against Chelsea at Selhurst Park on Saturday in their first Lon
Like the Eagles, the Blues have endured a miserable international break having fallen to defeat to Manchester City a fortnight ago. However that result came at Stamford Bridge, where the Blues have strangely struggled so far this term having already dropped eight points on their own patch, two more than the entirety of their title winning campaign last year.
Sadly for Palace though, they have been imperious on their travels by winning all three of their away games, which has kept them within arm’s length of the Manchester clubs at the top of the table.
Goals missing for both sides
Despite losing the services of the talismanic Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid, whom they also beat on the travels in the Champions League last month, club-record signing Alvaro Morata is showing he is capable of filling his Spain international teammate’s boots by netting seven league goals, but he is struggling to be fit for this game with a hamstring injury.
While goals are proving easy to come by for Morata, Palace are aiming to avoid becoming only the second team in Football League history not to score in their opening eight matches of a campaign, after Halifax Town back in 1990.
Other statistics the Eagles will be hoping to avoid are losing nine straight games without scoring (a run stretching back to last season) which would be a first in the English game, and becoming the only team in Premier League history to lose all of their opening eight matches.
View from the opposition
Antonio Conte's quotes from his pre-match press conference will be available from Friday lunchtime.
A timely boost for Palace saw Wilfried Zaha return to training during the international break, and they should also be able to call upon James Tomkins who missed the loss against Manchester United through illness.
Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey suffered an calf injury in Monday's qualifier and will have a pre-match fitness test to decide whether he available.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah is also available again after being unable to play against his parent club, but that also means that Ruben Loftus-Cheek has to sit this one out. Hodgson will also check on the fitness of Scott Dann and Pape Souare before naming his squad, but he is definitely without Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham.
Alvaro Morata has been ruled out of the game because of a hamstring strain and Danny Drinkwater is also missing with a calf issue.
N'Golo Kante will be unavailable for three weeks because of a hamstring injury but David Luiz returns after serving a three-match suspension.
There is a swift return to Selhurst Park for Andre Marriner, who oversaw the Eagles' 2-0 defeat to Swansea City in August. He refereed Palace four times last season, which yielded one victory - the 2-1 success at Anfield against Liverpool, but that was one of only five wins from the 18 games he has overseen.
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Simon Beck and Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth Official: Roger East
Only Swansea City’s Lukasz Fabianski has made more saves than Wayne Hennessey’s 28 in the Premier League – the Welshman made 11 in the last meeting between Palace and Chelsea.
Chelsea have conceded the most fouls in the Premier League this term (90) with Tiemoué Bakayoko making the most individually with 14.
Michy Batshuayi has scored five goals in his last four games for Chelsea in all competitions, as many as in his previous 16.
Crystal Palace have won only one of their previous eight Premier League matches against Chelsea at Selhurst Park (W1 D1 L6), winning 1-0 in March 2014 under Tony Pulis.
Chelsea (421) have won more points in Premier League London derbies than any other side in the competition's history (P232 W119 D64 L49).
Chelsea have failed to score in two of their last three Premier League matches under Antonio Conte, as many as in their previous 36. The Blues only failed to score in three of their 38 PL games last season and have already drawn a blank in two of their seven so far this term.
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