Chelsea will be hoping to overturn their disappointing defeat against Manchester City a fortnight ago, when The Blues face Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Antonio Conte’s men go into the game in fourth place in the English Premier League table, six points behind the top two.

Palace meanwhile, who are now managed by their second manager of the season, Roy Hodgson, are bottom of the league table, having failed to register a point or goal in the league this term.

The Eagles have already had to face three of last season’s top six in their opening seven league matches, making their hosting of The Blues their fourth top six placed opposition in less than two months.

Conte’s side have been impressive on their travels so far this season, winning all four of their away games in all competitions.

The two teams have so far played each other eight times at Selhurst Park in the league since the English Premier League was created. Palace have won only once in those meetings, losing six and drawing the other.

Palace’s sole victory at home to Chelsea in the league came in March 2014, when Blues legend John Terry scored an own goal in a 1-0 win.

The two teams last faced each other in April when Palace won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Saturday’s hosts will be without Christian Benteke, Connor Wickham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the match. Benteke and Wickham are currently sidelined whilst Loftus-Cheek, who is on loan from Chelsea, is ineligible to feature in the tie.

Chelsea are set to be missing Alvaro Morata, N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater; Morata and Kante have both picked up hamstring injuries recently, whilst Drinkwater’s calf injury has so far prevented him from making his Chelsea debut.

It is a must win game for both sides; Palace will be eager to get their season back on track and they will make it difficult for The Blues. Conte’s men should narrowly win this one.

Score Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea

By Jonty Colman

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