Out of form Crystal Palace welcome a Chelsea side confident of Champions League football to Selhurst Park on Tuesday evening with the hosts having suffered defeat in each their last 3 outings.
Chelsea, who were overturned by the relegation-threatened West Ham in midweek returned to winning ways against Watford on Saturday and will be eyeing 3 points that COULD see them leapfrog Leicester City into 3rd if fellow Champions League contenders Arsenal do them a favour at the Emirates in the 6pm kick-off.
However, with only 2 points separating Chelsea and the in-form Manchester United it’ll be the other direction in the table that is concerning Frank Lampard who’ll be looking to continue the form that has seen his side win 6 of their last 7 games.
Whilst Chelsea have only kept one clean sheet on the road this season, you shouldn’t expect the flood gates to open tonight as Crystal Palace has been one of the most goal-shy teams in the league this season with only the all-but-relegated Norwich City scoring less – and they have failed to find the net in their last 3 matches… and only managed one shot on target in this weekends 3-0 loss to Leicester City.
For Chelsea, they could be without N’Golo Kante to picked up a knock in the win over Watford with the game also coming too soon for Kovacic and Tomori who could return next weekend.
Crystal Palace are without Martin Kelly, Jeffery Schlupp and Jame Tomkins but could see the return of James McCarthy and Cheikhou Kouyaté who are pushing for recalls.
We get underway at Selhurst Park at 6pm.