Jose Mourinho’s men are looking to put more pressure on title racers , Liverpool and Manchester City, with a win over Tony Pulis’ side.
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With home side, being one place above the relegation zone any points against the league toppers would be fine. But their recent encounters with Chelsea FC tell us that this would be a hard task to achieve. On the other side, Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho is aware that defeating Crystal Palace away wont be an easy task as they are more home oriented side, which have won 20 of their 28 points this season at Selhurst Park.
Both teams are entering this game in different moods, as the home side suffered 1-0 away defeat to Newcastle, while Chelsea FC have smashed Arsenal with 6-0 last round. While the home side certainly will be drawn into relegation battle, the Blues currently sit on the top of Premier league having one point more than the second placed Liverpool FC and two more than the third placed team Manchester City who have also two games less, as they visit the Emirates in a later game this Saturday.
While Tony Pulis still can’t count on duo which have scored eight of the side’s 19 league goals in 2013-14., Marouane Chamakh (hamstring) and Dwight Gayle (ankle), Jose Mourinho can’t count on Ramires (suspension), while Samuel Eto’o (hamstring injury) and Ashley Cole (knee) are probably out for this game.
Mourinho believes Chelsea have the most difficult title run
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Liverpool and Manchester City have an easier run in the title race.
Mourinho ready for “difficult” London derby with Crystal Palace
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Crystal Palace will prove a difficult test to their title challenge despite Tony Pulis’ side being one place above the relegation zone.
Team Probable lineups :
Crystal Palace : Speroni – Mariappa Dunn, Delaney, Ward – Dikgacoi, Jedinak – Puncheon, Ledley, Ince – Murray
Chelsea FC : Cech – Ivanović, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta –Matić, Ramires – Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard – Torres