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Preview: Chelsea v Palace

13 December 2013

In stark contrast to a few weeks ago, with three wins from their past four games Palace are one of the form sides in the Barclays Premier League whilst Chelsea will be looking to bounce back after defeat to Stoke in their last league outing.

Jose Mourinho's sides are usually noted for their excellent defensive record but the Blues have conceded three goals in their last two league games for the first time 1999, but did keep a clean sheet in their midweek Champions League victory over Steaua Bucharest in a 1-0 win.

The Special One's men have never lost at Stamford Bridge in the league during his two spells in charge, a run stretching back to August 2004, and will be aiming to cut the gap on leaders Arsenal as they currently sit second in the table five points adrift of Arsene Wenger's Gunners side.

Chelsea: Gary Cahill will miss the game with a quadricep strain that Jose Mourinho doesn't want to risk. Ashley Cole is also unlikely to play against his former club so he is fresh for the League Cup quarter-final with Sunderland next Tuesday so Cesar Azpilicueta will deputise. 

Apart from that Mourinho has pretty much his whole squad to choose from, with only summer signing Marco van Ginkel unavailable after he picked up an ACL tear in a Capital One Cup tie back in September and will miss the whole season.

There were six changes from the side that started against the Potters to the one that beat Steaua at the Bridge on Wednesday night, so the likes of Andre Schurrle, Petr Cech and Gary Cahill are likely to return after being rested in midweek.

Palace: Dean Moxey is struggling to be fit after limping off in last Saturday's win against Cardiff City with a hamstring strain, but Yannick Bolasie is available again after serving his three match suspension for his red card against Hull City.

Adlene Guedioura will most likely miss the majority of the Christmas period with his rib and lung injury, and Jerome Thomas may also be out for the next few games after picking up a problem in training but Glenn Murray, Paddy McCarthy and Jack Hunt all remain long-term injury casualties.

Referee: Mark Clattenberg
Assistants: S Beck and R Ganfield
Fourth Official: L Mason

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Tickets for this game are SOLD OUT. Please be aware that Chelsea Football Club will not accept requests for concession upgrades or downgrades on match tickets.

Coaches for travelling supporters will be leaving Selhurst Park at 12.30pm, with spaces available at a cost of £10 per person. Please contact the box office on 0871 200 0071 to book your place.

A live beamback of the game is being shown at Selhurst Park, and starts from 1pm, with the match being shown in the Red and Blue Bar, the Holmesdale Upper Tier concourse and on the stadium's big screen. 

Tickets are £5 in advance and £10 on the day, so click here to get yours now.

Chelsea to win: 1/6
Draw: 6/1
Palace to win: 14/1

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