Sports Mole previews the Premier League clash between between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park - a London derby with implications at both ends of the table.
By Joe Fish, Reporter Filed: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 20:00 UK
Last Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 14:29 UK
Chelsea travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon having seen their lead at the top of the Premier League cut by their title rivals' victories in midweek.
Manchester City moved to within three points of the Blues with two games in hand, while red-hot Liverpool are only one point adrift of Jose Mourinho's table toppers, having also played a match fewer.
With Chelsea the first to play out of the trio this weekend, they could re-establish their six-point advantage with success over London rivals Palace, who are winless in their last five outings, at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles remain outside of the drop zone, but only by three points following a poor March and consecutive defeats home, so Tony Pulis is likely to line up with the intent of settling for a point.
Adlene Guedioura may come in to stiffen up the midfield, with Joe Ledley shifted out to the wing to provide Joel Ward, who could continue as a makeshift left-back, with some extra protection.