Chelsea host Sam Allardyce’s newly rejuvenated Crystal Palace side this Saturday evening; both teams with it all to play for, at opposite ends of the table. As is the case with sides fighting to stay up at this stage of the season and given the Eagles’ recent resurgence, Chelsea may have more of a task on their hands than it may appear on paper.
Let’s remain optimistic as ever though, time to clinch those three points!
Chelsea starting line-up (3-5-2?):
Courtois | Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill(c) | Pedro, Matic, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso | Hazard, Costa
Substitutes from: Begovic, Zouma, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi, Terry, Chalobah
Crystal Palace starting line-up (4-2-3-1):
Hennessey | Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Schlupp | Cabaye, Milivojevic | Zaha, Puncheon, Townsend | Benteke
Substitutes from: Speroni, Dann, Ledley, Kaikai, Sako, Delaney, Kelly
Date / Time: Saturday, April 1, 15:00 BST; 10am EDT; 7:30pm IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: Craig Pawson
Forecast: Overcast with a drizzle or three.
On TV: none (UK); NBCSN, NBC Universo (USA); Star Sports Select HD2 (India); elsewhere
Streaming online: NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Universo Now (USA); Hotstar (USA); BBC Radio 5 Live (UK; radio only); Chelsea TV (int’l; radio only)
The formation could possibly end up as a 4-2-3-1 as well, with Azpilicueta and Alonso as full-backs and Fabregas playing in behind Costa. Perhaps even 4-3-3? Victor Moses misses out, as expected.
One step at a time, hopefully one step closer to the title! COME ON, CHELSEA!