CONFIRMED: Crystal Palace & Chelsea line-ups

Here is how Chelsea and Crystal Palace will line up for this afternoon’s match at Selhurst Park:

Chelsea starting XI: Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Matic, Luiz, Schurrle, Lampard, Hazard, Torres

Subs: Hilario, Kalas, Mikel, Willian, Salah, Oscar, Ba

Crystal Palace starting XI: Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Puncheon, Ledley, Bolasie, Jerome

Subs: Hennessey, Parr, McCarthy, O'Keefe, Bannan, Ince, Murray

With Liverpool breathing down their necks, Chelsea will know they cannot afford to drop points against Crystal Palace this afternoon. The title race is so tight it really could come down to who makes the first – and possibly only – mistake between now and the end of the campaign.

But the Eagles are in desperate need of three points themselves, as they sit perilously close to the drop-zone.

The Blues are unbeaten in their last 12 matches against today’s opposition, while the spectacular form the hosts enjoyed during the early weeks of Tony Pulis’s tenure have been replaced by a dip that sees them without a win in their last five.

Fresh off the back of their 6-0 victory over Arsenal last time out, it will be interesting to see how Chelsea do away from home against a side fighting for their Premier League future.

What do you think the result will be this afternoon?

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