There won't be planes circling overhead calling for the manager's job. There won't be a real danger of being down 3-0 with a man sent off just fifteen minutes into the contest. There will be three points there for the taking, and as long as Chelsea are relatively sharp and defend set pieces well, a chance to lay a marker down ahead of their two title rivals playing much more difficult fixtures this weekend.
Chelsea will be expecting nothing short of a win today, while Palace seem very likely to park the bus and play for whatever they can get. That sort of game can be incredibly frustrating to watch, and often comes down to a few moments of excellent execution to determine a result. With that in mind, the managers have selected the following lineups today:
Chelsea team v Palace: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta, Lampard, David Luiz, Matic, Schurrle, Torres, Hazard. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) March 29, 2014
Chelsea subs v Palace: Hilario, Kalas, Mikel, Oscar, Willian, Salah, Ba. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) March 29, 2014
Palace XI to face @chelseafc: Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Puncheon, Ledley, Bolasie, Jerome.— Crystal Palace FC (@Official_CPFC) March 29, 2014
Palace subs against @chelseafc: Hennessey, Parr, McCarthy, O'Keefe, Bannan, Ince, Murray.— Crystal Palace FC (@Official_CPFC) March 29, 2014
As always, please keep things civil and don't link or direct to any streams that aren't 100% legal. Let's cross our fingers and hope for the best...