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With Jose Mourinho’s side not exactly firing on all cylinders, there is plenty of interested in the away side, as Tony Pulis seems to have turned things round after a string of superb results.
Chelsea will look to move up to second in the table, for 24 hours at least, when they take on Crystal Palace but things will be less than straight forward.
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Jose Mourinho’s side suffered a surprise defeat away to Stoke last time, the first time the Portuguese tactician had lost a game as Chelsea boss in December.
The loss against the Potters were also the first time the Blues had dropped three points against Stoke in the Premier League and they will keen to get back on track against in-form Palace.
Palace, now managed by former Stoke boss Tony Pulis, have moved to within a point of safety after back to back wins over West Ham United and Cardiff City.
Despite their reversal in fortune Pulis insists that his side are not expected to get anything from their trip to Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to the Croydon Advertiser, Pulis said “They play fantastic football and have some top, top players there,”
“We’re concentrating on Chelsea then we’ll move on to the next one and next one. The pressure is off us. Nobody expects us to go to Chelsea and win.
“I expect Chelsea to be a lot stronger in the second half of the season. The acid test will be what we do over next 4-5 weeks. Confidence is high at the moment. Just get out there and do your best. There is a massive gulf between what they have got and us.”
Palace will be without Jerome Thomas (groin), Paddy McCarthy (groin), Jack Hunt (ankle), Adlene Guedioura (ribs) and Glenn Murray (knee) while Dean Moxey will undergo a fitness test before the game.
Chelsea meanwhile will recall Ramires, Andre Schurrle, Juan Mata, Gary Cahill and Fernando Torres and Petr Cech after they were all rested for the midweek Champions League win over Steau Bucharest.
The last time the two sides met, in 2005, Chelsea won 4-1 and with Jose Mourinho’s side unbeaten at home this term, dropping just two points to date the club will be confident on keeping the pressure on at the top of the table.