One win. Three points. That’s all that stands between Jose Mourinho and a return to Premier League supremacy.
Chelsea can clinch the title with a victory over Crystal Palace in front of their home fans at Stamford Bridge, live at 8:30am ET on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.
Should the Blues clinch today, they would do so with three games in the pocket, equal to the first time Mourinho navigated Chelsea to Premier League glory in his 2004/05 title run. It would be the club’s fourth-ever Premier League title, and their first since 2010.
Mourinho, as he should, is being cautious with his injured players with one hand already on the title. Diego Costa may not play again this season due to his hamstring injury and is definitely out today. Loic Remy is on the bench behind Didier Drogba with both of them less than 100%, but still the only strikers available.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is back between the sticks after a hip knock kept him out last time around, replacing Petr Cech.
For Crystal Palace, Alan Pardew looks to end a two-match skid featuring consecutive 2-0 defeats to teams below them in the table that has brought the furious start to his managerial tenure there to a brief halt. He has defender Joel Ward back from a shin problem that saw him miss time, but attackers Marouane Chamakh and Frazier Campbell are out and could be done for the rest of the way.
UPDATE: Ramires, who was announced in the starting lineup, is a late scratch due to illness, so Juan Cuadrado moves into the starting lineup.
Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic; Cuadrado, Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Drogba.
Bench: Cech, Filipe Luis, Zouma, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Ramires, Remy.
Crystal Palace: Speroni; Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward; Ledley, McArthur; Puncheon, Mutch, Zaha; Bolasie.
Bench: Hennessey, Hangeland, Kelly, Lee, Jedinak, Sanogo, Murray.