​Stamford Bridge will be the stage as Antonio Conte's table-topping Chelsea host Sam Allardyce's relegation-battling Crystal Palace.

The Blues are ten points clear at the top pf the table with ten matches to play and are beginning to look more and more like champions in waiting.

The Eagles are slowly inching away from the relegation zone, winning three on the bounce and - perhaps more importantly - keeping three clean sheets in a row. They are currently four points clear of the drop.

Classic Encounter

Crystal Palace v Chelsea - Premier League

Back in December, Chelsea nicked a 1-0 win away at Selhurst Park thanks to a Diego Costa goal late in the first half.

At the time, Chelsea were in the middle of their incredible run of victories, this being their eleventh on the spin as they roared to the top of the table. Cesar Azpilicueta was the man of the match that day as he helped to shut down Wilfried Zaha down the flank.

Key Battle

Christian Benteke vs David Luiz

Crystal Palace v Chelsea - Premier League

It will be a battle of the big men at Stamford Bridge, with Christian Benteke set to square off against David Luiz. The big Belgian will provide Crystal Palace's best chance of scoring, as he dominates opposition defences with his almost unmatchable strength and height. Benteke is struggling for goals of late, having not scored since January 31st away at Bournemouth.

Brazilian Luiz has been nursing a knee injury since Sergio Aguero saw fit to try and shatter his kneecap back in October when the Blues battered City 3-1 at the Etihad. However, the centre-back has missed limited time and has battled through, showing excellent form. Expect an old-school physical duel between him and Benteke.

Team News


Chelsea saw a handful of players return from international duty with slight fitness worries, but it looks as though Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois will all recover in time - although Victor Moses remains a doubt on the right-hand side with a calf problem. 

Sam Allardyce will likely name an unchanged side from the one that beat Watford 1-0 before the international break. Patrick van Aanholt remains out with the injury that forced him to be stretched off at the Hawthorns at the start of March.



Do not be surprised if Palace get something here. Chelsea may have a couple of players operating at slightly less than 100%, while the Eagles are on a bit of a run of their own. Banana skin?

Chelsea 1-1 Crystal Palace