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Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man + Prediction

Chelsea take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park looking to extend their lead at the top. Here’s a preview with team news, likely line-ups and predicted score

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Chelsea make the short trip across London to take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park looking to extend their lead at the top of the table.

The Blues head into the weekend action sitting one point clear of Liverpool and with third-placed Man City just three points adrift with two games in hand, it’s vital Chelsea put the pressure on with a win ahead of their rivals games against Tottenham and Arsenal.

Jose Mourinho’s men bounced back from a shock defeat to Aston Villa by thrashing Arsenal 6-0 last Saturday and they will be looking for another morale-boosting win tomorrow ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter final first leg away at PSG.

However, Crystal Palace pushed the West Londoners all the way in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge, narrowly losing 2-1, so Tony Pulis will be hoping to go one better this weekend.

The Eagles remain in a relegation dog fight and are now just three points from safety after picking up just one point in their lat five games, scoring just once in the process.

Team News

Palace will still be without the services of top scorer Marouane Chamakh with the Moroccan continuing to struggle with a hamstring injury. Therefore, Cameron Jerome is expected to lead the line.

Dwight Gayle is also out with an ankle injury but midfielder Barry Bannan is available again having returned to the bench for last weeks 1-0 loss to Newcastle.

Chelsea will be able to call upon Willian with the attacker returning from a one-match ban and he’s expected to come straight back in to the starting line-up.

Samuel Eto’o has been ruled out with a hamstring injury he picked up during the opening stages last week so Fernando Torres is likely to start up front.

Ashley Cole is also still missing as he continues to nurse a knee injury, while Ramires serves the second of his three match ban.

Mourinho could rest Eden Hazard ahead of Tuesday’s game with PSG, which could see Andre Schurrle continue in attack with Oscar.

Likely Line-Ups

Key Man

Fernando Torres: With Eto’o out injured, Chelsea will be looking for the Spaniard to provide a goal threat up front, especially if Hazard is rested. Palace have been much stronger defensively since Pulis took over so it’s not going to be an easy afternoon for the former Liverpool man.

Predicted Score

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea: The hosts have been useless in front of goal lately while Chelsea have the best defensive record in the division, so we can only see Mourinho’s men taking another step towards the title.

What team would you like to see start and what’s your predicted score? Share your views below.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Vincent

    March 28, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Palace 1 vs 3 chelsea.

  2. snaly

    March 28, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Crystal palace 1-3 chelsea starts Cech, terry, cahill, ivanovic, apellicueta, mikel, matic, lampard, schurrle, willians, torres…

    oscar n hazard shouldnt play

    • omodunbi adewale sunday

      March 29, 2014 at 12:04 am

      I tink jose should sart mikel with lampard&matic ,oscar hazard should bein in benceh

  3. michael mireku

    March 29, 2014 at 12:10 am

    chelsea 7 crystal 1

  4. michael mireku

    March 29, 2014 at 12:14 am

    chelsea we need striker like deigo costa and left back ricardo rodriguez from wolfbeng

  5. Emmanuel

    March 29, 2014 at 2:31 am

    Crystal palace 0 chelsea 3. Morino should start. Cehc, ivanovin, terry, cahill, aplicutar, mikel, matic, lampard,shurrel, williams, torres…… Let hazard nd oscar should be in d bench

  6. Ken.c

    March 29, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Jose shld starts:schw..,ivan..,cahill,luiz,azpili..,mikel,matic,schur..,oscar,salah,torez;
    Palace 0 vs 3 chelsea:

  7. orizu caleb chimuanya

    March 29, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Chelsea 3 vs crystal palace 1 special 1 should stat cech,cahil, terry,azplicueta, ivanovic,luiz,matic, salah,schurrle,oscar ,torres , nd hazard,ba nd wllian shuld stat 4rm bench

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