Chelsea head into this crunch fixture against Crystal Palace languishing 16th in the Premier League table and only two points above the relegation zone, so the depleted defending champions will be keen to snatch all three points when they at Selhurst Park.
Chelsea’s new interim manager, Guus Hiddink is still searching for his first victory since taking charge at Stamford Bridge having watched back to back draws against Watford and Manchester United and the Dutch tactician will be hoping to get his first victory in this away fixture.
But it will not going to be a simple task as Crystal Palace welcome Chelsea with impressive form and have lost only a single match in their previous nine Premier League fixture.
Not only that, the Eagles actually won the reverse match 2-1 back in August and right now sit seventh in the points table so they will be in high spirit to secure another victory and maintain their surprise run for the top four finish.
Here is the starting line-up for Crystal Palace and Chelsea.
Crystal Palace Starting Line-up: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Lee, Jedinak (c), McArthur, Puncheon; Zaha; Campbell
Crystal Palace Substitutes: McCarthy, Kelly, Ledley, Mutch, J. Williams, Sako, Chamakh
Chelsea Starting Line-up: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.
Chelsea Substitutes: Begovic, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Ramires, Traore, Pedro