Crystal Palace vs Chelsea @ Selhurst Park
Saturday October 18 @ 3pm
Chelsea will be looking to continue from where they left off before the international break on Saturday as they take on Neil Warnock’s Crystal Palace.
The Blues currently sit five points clear at the top of the table, and they will be hoping to continue their unbeaten start to the season at Selhurst Park.
José Mourinho will be able to call upon in form Spanish forward Diego Costa, who appears to have emerged unscathed from his exploits with Spain over the international break.
Mourinho had suggested that Costa should miss his country’s Euro 2016 qualifiers to rest his troublesome thigh, however the forward played 90 minutes in Spain’s loss to Slovakia, and 82 minutes against Luxembourg, scoring his first goal for the 2010 World Champions in the process.
One player who did not fare so well on international duty was André Schürrle. The German picked up flu and had to be withdrawn from his sides match with the Republic of Ireland. He will now be assessed before the weekend fixture.
Chelsea had a forgetful afternoon the last time they visited Selhurst Park. John Terry scored an own goal as the Blues went down 1-0.
The result dealt a hammer blow to their title challenge, and was one of numerous occasions where they failed to earn points against lesser sides.
This Chelsea team, however, does not look like slipping up in a game like this, and if they continue their pre international break form, they could tear Palace apart this weekend.
Referee: Craig Pawson
Key man: Diego Costa
Danger man: Fraizer Campbell
Last meeting: Premier League: 29th March 2014, Crystal Palace 1 – 0 Chelsea, (Terry og, 52)