Premier League: Crystal Palace vs Chelsea match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Selhurst Park

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The Independent Online

Chelsea will look to roll through Selhurst Park and claim all three points as they take on Crystal Palace.

Jose Mourinho’s juggernaut have netted 21 goals in their first seven games largely down to the creative talents of Cesc Fabregas and the finishing of hamstring-troubled Diego Costa – who is a doubt having played twice for Spain during the international break.

Chelsea did lose 1-0 at Selhurst Park last season, John Terry heading into his own net, in what turned out to be a crucial defeat in the final months of the season.

Crystal Palace's 2-0 loss to Hull last time out was Neil Warnock’s first defeat since returning to the club, but they are still five points better off than this time last year.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS...

Crystal Palace 1 (Terry og) Chelsea 0, Premier League, March 2014

Chelsea 2 (Torres, Ramires) Crystal palace 1 (Chamakh), Premier League, December 2013

Chelsea 4 (Lampard, Cole, Kezman 2) Crystal Palace 1 (Riihilahti), Premier League, March 2005

STATS...

Last season shock 1-0 defeat against palace was Chelsea’s first defeat in 12 games against the Eagles, dating back to 1990.

Palace haven’t won back to back victories against the Blues since 1982.

Chelsea have won this fixture 15 times in 34 league compared to 5 wins for Palace.

Diego Costa has already scored more goals this season (9) than any player has for Palace since their return to the top flight.

ODDS...

Crystal palace to win: 8.5

Chelsea to win: 1.44

Draw: 4.75

TV: Match of the Day 22.30

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