Chelsea v Crystal Palace, Premier League: Where to Watch, Preview and Team News

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By Naveen Ullal | December 14, 2013 6:42 PM EST

Chelsea face Crystal Palace for the weekend Premier League fixture at Stamford Bride on Saturday.

Where to Watch

Kick-off is set for 3pm GMT. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One at 10:25pm GMT.

Overview

Chelsea enter this game after their 1-0 win over Steaua Bucuresti in the final group stage fixture of the Champions League. Demba Ba scored for the west London club in the first quarter of the game and his strike has seen the Blues clinch the top spot in the group table.

In the last league fixture, Jose Mourinho's side suffered a 3-2 defeat against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. Andre Schurrle helped Chelsea comeback twice in the game after being a goal down, but Oussama Assaidi's strike in the final minutes of the game saw the Blues suffer a defeat against Mark Hughes's side.

Meanwhile, Palace registered their fourth league win after their 2-0 win over Cardiff City in the last league tie. Cameron Jerome's first half header followed by and Marouane Chamakh's second half goal saw Tony Pulis's side register a comfortable victory at home.

Palace have lost only one and won three out of the last five games. The visitors are 19 in the table with 13 points from 15 games while Chelsea are third with 30 points, level on points with second place Liverpool.

What Managers Say

Jose Mourinho: "They've [Palace] been fantastic. Six points in two matches, they were bottom of the league and suddenly they are there, now they smell all the others and they are in contact with the other teams fighting relegation."

Tony Pulis: "On any given day, if Chelsea play to their maximum, they're a little bit ahead of us. The one thing everybody's really surprised about is that they haven't scored as many goals as maybe they should have. But they've played some fantastic football and they've got some top, top players."

Team Form

Chelsea

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L W W L
  • Last Result: Chelsea 1-0 Steaua Bucuresti

Crystal Palace

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W L W D
  • Last Result: Crystal Palace 2-0 Cardiff City

Team News

Chelsea

  • Injured: Marco can Ginkel (knee), Tomas Kalas (leg), Ryan Bertrand (knee)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Lampard; Oscar Mata, Hazard; Torres

Crystal Palace

  • Injured: Jack Hunt (ankle), Glenn Murray (knee), Jerome Thomas (groin), Adlene Guedioura (ribs),Paddy McCarthy (fitness)
  • Doubtful: Dean Moxey (hamstring)
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Speroni; Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Mariappa; Puncheon, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Bannan; Chamakh; Jerome

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