Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace

11 March, 2018, 01:49 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Crystal Palace given major boost ahead of Chelsea match

Chelsea have been handed a major injury boost before their crucial Premier League clash against Crystal Palace with Blues boss Antonio Conte revealing defensive midfielder N'Golo Kante is fit again after suffering a scare last week.

Given Chelsea are five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur heading into this weekend, there's no room for error at this juncture.

Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has warned his side that forward, Wilfried Zaha is not the only risky player Crystal Palace possess.

With Manchester United facing Liverpool earlier in the day, one of the Blues' rivals for a UEFA Champions League place is guaranteed to drop points.

Chelsea FC have won the Premier League title in two of the past three seasons under Jose Mourinho and then Conte. Throw in a trip to Barcelona on Wednesday in the Champions League, which could see several players rotated, and there are plenty of reasons to swerve the champions. Andros Townsend, meanwhile, has been an inspirational figure for his side in recent weeks, and could be pivotal if they are to get anything at all from Stamford Bridge.

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Palace, however, looked livelier in the second half after Wilfried Zaha replaced Christian Benteke and Alexander Sorloth hit the post.

That has left them out of the Champions League qualification places in fifth place - and they will remain there whatever happens tomorrow. We need to have a good performance, to get three points. We are talking about a player with great experience.

"This season we are also paying a bit for a lack of experience in many of our players, but Baka has the right personality to become an important player for Chelsea, I hope in the present but for sure in the future".

Conte said David Luiz and Ross Barkley were injured and he had to "check a couple of situations", without going into further detail. "We're playing against a really good team, with talented players". Bakary Sako, Connor Wickham, Julian Speroni, Mamadou Sakho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon are all ruled out for this game with injuries.

Hazard, seeking the goal to take him level with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in Chelsea's all-time scorers list, also had one ruled out when rightly flagged for offside after converting from a close-range rebound.

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