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Team News: Palace Unchanged For Chelsea

1 April 2017

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has named an unchanged team for the trip to Stamford Bridge this afternoon as they take on runaway league leaders Chelsea.

Having seen his side claim the third of three straight wins against Watford a fortnight ago, the Eagles gaffer has stuck with the same starting XI, with Jeffrey Schlupp continuing at left-back with Patrick van Aanholt still missing with his ankle injury.

Chelsea meanwhile have named star men Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois in their side despite the three struggling with knocks picked up over the international break.

They have made two changes to their team though, with Hazard coming in for Willian and ex-Eagle Victor Moses out with injury, with Cesc Fabregas’ inclusion indicating a switch from Antonio Conte’s usual 3-5-2 shape.

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Alonso, Matic, Kante, Hazard, Fabregas, Pedro, Costa. Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Terry, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi.

Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Schlupp, Cabaye, Milivojevic, Zaha, Puncheon, Townsend, C. Benteke. Subs: Speroni, Kelly, Dann, Delaney, Ledley, Sako, Kaikai.

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