Three stats you need to know ahead of Chelsea - Crystal Palace

Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from their 3-2 defeat at Stoke last weekend as they face Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

The unthinkable happened last week as Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side fell to a 3-2 defeat to lowly Stoke.

A chance for redemption is always around the corner in the Premier League, however, and Mourinho's men will be looking to bounce back against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

And the omens look good for the Blues ahead of Saturday's clash...

Palace have not beaten Chelsea since 1993

Twenty years is a long time in football.

That is how long Palace fans have to go back for their last win against Chelsea, however, with a 3-1 League Cup win coming in January 1993.

You have to go back even longer for their last league win against the Blues: August 1991. Not so recent, then.


Despite their striker woes, Chelsea have racked up the joint-third best goal tally in the Premier League.

Although they have scored less than Liverpool and Manchester City, the Blues are level with Arsenal for the amount of goals scored this term - with both sides on 30.

Eden Hazard leads Chelsea's league charge with six goals so far this term, while Oscar has chipped in with five and Frank Lampard has netted four times.

Mourinho's best striker in the league is Samuel Eto'o, who has two goals to his name. Saturday's game against Palace could represent a good chance to increase that tally, though.

But... Palace are on the up

Despite their historic disadvantage, however, Tony Pulis' men have won their last two games, securing back-to-back wins for the first time all season.

Victories against West Ham and Cardiff also took Palace to three wins in four, meaning 55-year-old boss Pulis has made a real impact since moving to Selhurst Park.

The prospect of traveling to Stamford Bridge may be a slightly different proposition but Eagles fans can take great confidence from their upturn in fortunes.

Especially as Marouane Chamakh has scored for two games running. Who would have thought?

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