Dec 14, 2013 at 3pm UK at ‚ÄčStamford Bridge
Chelsea
2-1
Crystal Palace
Torres (15'), Ramires (36')
Essien (57'), Ivanovic (62')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Chamakh (29')
Chamakh (43')

Preview: Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace

Preview: Chelsea vs. Palace
© Getty Images
Sports Mole looks ahead to Saturday's Premier League clash between Chelsea and Crystal Palace.

Chelsea will be looking to move into second place in the Premier League for 24 hours at least when they welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Blues are currently third in the league table with 30 points from 15 matches, level on points with second-placed Liverpool and five behind leaders Arsenal.

Jose Mourinho's side will head into the clash on the back of a 1-0 victory over Steaua Bucuresti in the Champions League, but they will be aiming to bounce back from last weekend's 3-2 away loss to Stoke City.

The London outfit have yet to suffer a defeat at home in the league, while their opponents on Saturday, Palace, have won just once away, losing six on their travels and conceding 12 goals in the process.

Tony Pulis's Palace, though, are on a high after recording back-to-back Premier League victories over West Ham United and Cardiff City.

The Eagles will also been boosted by the return of midfielder Yannick Bolasie from suspension, while Fernando Torres is likely to get the nod ahead of Demba Ba in the starting lineup for Chelsea.

Recent form

Chelsea: WLWWLW

Palace: LDWLWW

Possible starting lineups

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Lampard; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Torres

Palace: Speroni; Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey; Puncheon, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Bannan; Chamakh, Jerome

Sports Mole says: 3-0

Roman Abramovich before Chelsea's match away at Liverpool in 2003.
Read Next:
Report: Abramovich refuses to buy striker
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City87102942522
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd86202121920
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs85211551017
4Watford84311313015
5Chelsea8413138513
6Arsenal84131210213
7Burnley834186213
8Liverpool83411312113
9Newcastle UnitedNewcastle832398111
10West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom824279-210
11Southampton823379-29
12Huddersfield TownHuddersfield823359-49
13Swansea CitySwansea822458-38
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224610-48
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8224814-68
16Everton8224513-88
17Stoke CityStoke8224918-98
18Leicester CityLeicester81341013-36
19Bournemouth8116412-84
20Crystal Palace8107218-163