Chelsea vs Crystal Palace: Five things to look forward to


- Chelsea have now conceded just five goals in their last 10 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues will kick off with the aim of putting a turbulent few days behind them that have put Conte's future under the microscope once more. "You have to regret the games against Bournemouth, Watford and United", he remarks.

Palace had beaten Chelsea in their previous two encounters and won on their past two visits to Stamford Bridge, but they have now lost four games in succession and remain in the bottom three. Results have not been good, with only four victories from 18 competitive games in 2018, but as much as anything Chelsea needed to show some passion and endeavour in their play.

Zaha originally left Palace for Manchester United in 2013 before returning two years later after failing to break into the side at Old Trafford.

Chelsea's next outing will be the UEFA Champions League fixture against Barcelona, while Palace take on Huddersfield. Rudiger has been a bit rash with his tackles at times and is always a challenge away from getting booked.

Wilfried Zaha has returned to Crystal Palace training, but manager Roy Hodgson will not rush the winger back into action. Andreas Christensen has been subject to individual defensive errors in Chelsea's last three outings and hence has to be more wary of his game now.

Zaha has been out of action since picking up a knee ligament injury against Newcastle United back in February, and looks set to be back in action after just over a month out. "If we want to fight for a place in the Champions League, now it will be very important not to drop points". The initial prognosis was end of season, rather than six weeks.

Conte has been linked with a summer switch to Paris Saint-Germain amid speculation that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has lost patience with the Italian but Gianfranco Zola was convinced his fellow countryman's reputation had not been tarnished.

You know what they say, you either win or you learn and Chelsea have been doing a lot of learning this season.

Chelsea's back three is not the impenetrable brick wall it was for large parts of their title-winning season previous year.

Chelsea claimed three points after a turbulent week, but their performance still left something to be desired as Crystal Palace almost clawed their way back into the match with a display of fighting spirit.