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Preview: Crystal Palace v Chelsea

16 December 2016

In their final home game of 2016, Palace host the league leaders as Antonio Conte makes his first appearance in the Selhurst Park dugout with his team on the crest of a wave.

10 wins in a row have been claimed, ensuring the west Londoners will top the table on Christmas Day, and six of the last seven teams to do that have claimed the title that season. In fact, on the four occasions that the Blues have been at the league's summit on 25th December, they've won the league.

Wednesday night saw them beat Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light thanks to Cesc Fabregas' goal, and a ninth clean sheet of the campaign was achieved, meaning their defence has only been breached 11 times this season.


Antonio Conte: "I am pleased for my players because they deserve this for their commitment and work-rate every day, in every training session, during the game.

"Now for sure we have to continue. In three days on Saturday, we will have another tough game against Crystal Palace. I hope we recover very well after this battle to try to arrive at Christmas in an incredible position in the table.

"I prefer not to look at the table, I prefer this for me, for my players because we are doing something important until now, but the league didn't finish today."


Crystal Palace: Jason Puncheon returns to the Palace squad after missing Wednesday's defeat to Manchester United through suspension.

James Tomkins, Bakary Sako, Loic Remy and Steve Mandanda will all be out until the middle of next month, but Connor Wickham, Pape Souare and Jonathan Benteke are out longer-term.

James McArthur currently walking a disciplinary tightrope with four bookings.

Chelsea: Eden Hazard is a slight doubt for this game after picking up a knee knock but should be fit to start, however John Terry is unlikely to feature with a muscle strain.

Oscar is also not expected to play through illness and rumours of an imminent move to China in the upcoming January transfer window.

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If Chelsea win this match they will have defeated Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on more occasions than any other team in the Premier League (currently five wins).

Chelsea have lost just one of their last eight Premier League London derbies (W4 D3 L1), but this defeat came earlier this season at Arsenal (0-3).

Christian Benteke has scored in four of his last six Premier League appearances against Chelsea, including in his last two versus the Blues.

Alan Pardew will take charge of his 302nd Premier League game, making him joint 10th in the all-time list of most Premier League games managed (level with Joe Kinnear).

Chelsea's 10-match winning streak in the Premier League is one off their all-time top-flight club record of 11; set in September 2009.


Jonathan Moss is the man in the middle for this game, having previously officiated Palace's 1-1 draw with Everton back in September. The Eagles have won five and drawn two of the 17 games he has overseen them in.

Referee: J Moss
Assistants: A Halliday, E Smart
Fourth official: A Marriner


3rd January 2016
Crystal Palace 0-3 Chelsea
Premier League

Chelsea secured their first victory in Guus Hiddink's second spell as boss to move six points clear of relegation with a deserved win at Crystal Palace.

Oscar put the Blues ahead against the run of play, tapping home after being put through by Diego Costa.

Once they scored Chelsea dominated, deservedly doubling their advantage with a spectacular Willian strike.

Costa sealed the win with a tap-in for a goal his performance deserved after Palace failed to clear Willian's shot.

Tickets for Saturday’s 12.30pm kick off are very close to selling out, with only a very limited number still available.
Season ticket holders and members with 1000+ loyalty points are able to book up to two tickets, subject to availability.
Season ticket holders and members with less than 1000 loyalty points are still able to book tickets, but must book these paired with either the Swansea City, Sunderland, or Middlesbrough matches.

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