Chelsea vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Victory at home to mid-table London rivals Crystal Palace will see Chelsea be crowned champions of England for the fifth time in their 110-year history.

For almost the entire season it has seemed to be a case of when, rather than if, the Blues would secure the title. Even if they do not get the job done here, it would only delay the inevitable; a luxury well deserved by the side that has been clearly the strongest and most consistent throughout.

Two club legends were on target as Jose Mourinho’s side showed their quality by coming back from a half time deficit to win 3-1 at in-form Leicester City in midweek, with John Terry in particular playing a crucial role in their success. His focus here will be on simply getting the job done and ensuring that he is the man who lifts the trophy.

The hosts will be aware that Palace are not going to make things easy for them, with their pace in wide areas set to give both Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic a busy afternoon. Manager Alan Pardew will also be keen to bounce back from two straight home defeats.

And the manner of those setbacks against West Bromwich Albion and Hull City were particularly disappointing as they failed to match the application of their opponents on both occasions. There is still a very strong chance of a top half finish despite a tough run-in, so the Eagles will not want the season to fade.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could return from a hip problem for Chelsea, who will again be without Diego Costa. Fellow striker Loic Remy is back in contention.

Crystal Palace are without forwards Fraizer Campbell and Marouane Chamakh, whil they are hopeful over the fitness of Joel Ward.

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