A battered and bruised Crystal Palace side with some of the Premier League’s rising names hosts Chelsea who still sits just three points above the relegation zone, live from Selhurst Park on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.
Crystal Palace, unbeaten since late November, will be without Patrick Bamford after he returned to the Blues upon the cancellation of his loan, plus the suspension of Yohan Cabaye through yellow card accumulation. In addition, injuries continue to keep out attacking players Yannick Bolasie, Connor Wickham, and Dwight Gayle, while Bakary Sako is on the bench. That puts an additional weight on the shoulders of James Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha up front for the Eagles along with Frazier Campbell.
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Despite the injuries, Palace has kept a clean sheet in three of its last four games, led by Scott Dann and Brede Hangeland at the back. Hangeland will sit today upon the return of Damien Delaney who missed the last match against Swansea.
For Chelsea, Diego Costa returns from his one-game yellow card suspension and starts up front, while Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy are both unavailable due to injury, leaving Pedro on the bench to back up the Brazilian. John Terry starts alongside Kurt Zouma in the middle of defense as Gary Cahill misses out with an ankle problem.
Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Lee, Jedinak, McArthur, Puncheon; Zaha; Campbell.
Subs: McCarthy, Kelly, Ledley, Mutch, J. Williams, Sako, Chamakh.
Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.
Subs: Begovic, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Ramires, Traore, Pedro.