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Preview: Crystal Palace v Chelsea

17 October 2014




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ABOUT

Title favourites Chelsea come into this game with an unbeaten record in the Premier League. The Blues have won six of their first seven games and sit pretty at the top of the table, five points clear of second placed Manchester City.

Palace played a big part in their failure to secure the Premier League title last season with a victory at Selhurst Park in March, meaning Jose Mourinho was unable to win a trophy in his first season back in English football but he will be hopeful this year as they look to extend their unbeaten league run to eight games. 

So far this campaign they have beaten the likes of Swansea, Aston Villa, Burnley and Leicester and as well as those victories they kept the other title rivals at bay, with a victory over Arsenal and a draw with Manchester City.

Centre forward Diego Costa has made a blistering start to his career in England by leading the Premier League's scoring charts with a staggering nine goals from seven games.


TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Neil Warnock will be forced into making changes after Scott Dann was stretchered off against Hull with Adrian Mariappa or Brede Hangeland set to deputise. 

Marouane Chamakh will be pushing for a start after recently recovering from a hamstring injury, and Wilfried Zaha will be hoping for a recall after Yannick Bolasie returned late from international duty for DR Congo this week.

Chelsea: Andre Schurrle withdrew from the Germany squad with flu this week and is struggling to be the fit for the game against Palace.

Willian travelled to Brazil and back this week, but is still the most likely candidate to replace him with Ramires still sidelined. Loic Remy and Mohamed Salah are other options for the league leaders.

Thibaut Courtois recovered from the head injury which eventually forced him off against Arsenal to play two Euro 2016 qualifiers for Belgium and he will reclaim the goalkeeping jersey from Petr Cech.


MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: P Kirkcup & D Bryan
Fourth Official: N Swarbrick


HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Crystal Palace winsDrawsChelsea wins
League51415
FA Cup202
League Cup110
Total81517


LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK 

Chelsea's title challenge suffered a setback as Crystal Palace boosted their Premier League survival hopes with a richly deserved 1-0 win in March 2014.

In a pulsating game, Palace played at a quicker tempo, displayed the greater quality and could easily have won by a bigger margin but it was John Terry's own goal from Joel Ward's teasing cross that settled matters.


TICKETS

There are only a very limited number of tickets remaining for this fixture, the majority of these are in the Arthur Wait Stand but we do also have a small number of restricted view seats in the Main Stand 

These tickets are only available to season ticket holders and members and when purchasing you need to buy a ticket for a category B game at the same time. 

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets. 


BETTING

Crystal Palace: 13/2 
Draw: 100/30
Chelsea: 2/5
Odds courtesy of SkyBet. 

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LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. CLICK HERE to log in or sign up to our award-winning subscription service. 

You can also make predictions and debate the game at Sport Lobster here


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