Crystal Palace vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

Indomitable until now, Premier League leaders Chelsea take their unbeaten record to Selhurst Park, where Crystal Palace got the better of them back in March.

Neil Warnock suffered the first defeat of his second spell in charge of the home side when they lost at Hull City before the international break, a match in which they lacked the intensity and tenacity with which they have based the success on in the previous year. In spite of that, the Palace supporters will be as vocal as ever, and will look to drive their hard-working team on to producing another shock.

Chelsea did not have to be at their best to beat Arsenal last time out as they cruised to victory in an occasionally fractious affair, defending solidly as the visitors failed to turn their possession into shots on goal. It was another game where Eden Hazard showed just how good he can be, with his quick feet leading to the penalty which he coolly converted, while Cesc Fabregas delivered an inch-perfect assist yet again for the relentless Diego Costa.

Scott Dann is ruled out for Crystal Palace, while there are doubts over fellow defender Adrian Mariappa after he withdrew from the Jamaican international squad.

Didier Drogba and Ramires are in a race against time to be fit for this clash, but Andre Schurrle should be available despite missing Germany’s draw with the Republic of Ireland.

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