Nineteen games down, nineteen to go. Halfway to the end of the season, halfway to not getting relegated. Hopefully.
Chelsea have not lost a match since sacking Jose Mourinho for the second time, though we also have not won a match since hiring Guus Hiddink for the second time as well as interim manager. Despite Crystal Palace's lofty league position, 5th, we have a pretty decent chance of giving Guus his first win with our visit to Selhurst Park.
With an extra day's rest from Monday's game, most of the squad should be recovered from their festive period double-header exertions. By the end of that match, thanks in large part to basically no rotation and no substituting from the manager, most of Chelsea were the walking dead. They'll have to show a bit more effort to get the three points on Sunday.
Injuries and suspensions to no less than five players did limit Hiddink somewhat last time. That number has been reduced by a few, as we welcome back Diego Costa from serving his one-match suspension for yellow card accumulation, Cesc Fàbregas from whatever was giving him a fever bad enough to be left in London, and Gary Cahill (probably) from the foot injury that caused him to be unavailable. Loïc Rémy and Radamel Falcao continue to be sidelined, but the minor knocks collected by Eden Hazard, Willian, and Oscar are expected to not be an issue.
So, choose wisely!