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  • December 14, 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 41608
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Chelsea 1.17 1.20 1.20 1.20 1.20
Draw 7.00 6.50 6.00 7.00 7.00
Crystal Palace 17.00 15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00
Chelsea - Crystal Palace Preview: Blues have conceded six in last two Premier League games

Chelsea - Crystal Palace Preview: Blues have conceded six in last two Premier League games

A 4-3 win over Sunderland and 3-2 loss to Stoke prompted Jose Mourinho to hit out at his defence, with the visitors having secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season

Chelsea will be looking to bring resurgent Crystal Palace back down to earth in Saturday’s London derby at Stamford Bridge.

Tony Pulis has galvanised Palace by masterminding victories over West Ham and Cardiff City to raise hopes that they can avoid relegation.

Meanwhile, Chelsea beat Steaua Bucharest on Wednesday night to seal top spot in Champions League Group E and now turn their attention to the Premier League.

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Jose Mourinho's side suffered a surprise 3-2 defeat at Stoke City last weekend, missing an opportunity to move into second place and cut the gap to leaders Arsenal to only two points.

The former Real Madrid boss said it was mission accomplished in Europe after the victory over Steaua and reiterated that his main objective in the Premier League is to secure a Champions League spot.

He said: "The only target was to not win the Europa League again and that target is done.

"Now we have to do the best we can in the Champions League. In the Premier League, I think the first target is to ensure we finish in the top four."

Chelsea have dropped only two points at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League this term and will be confident of securing their seventh home win when they face Palace.

The two sides have not played each other since March 2005, when Frank Lampard was among the goalscorers in a 4-1 victory for Chelsea.

Palace were hammered 6-2 in the previous London derby clash at Stamford Bridge five years earlier.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech will return to Chelsea's starting line-up after Mark Schwarzer was handed his Champions League debut in midweek.

Ramires, Andre Schurrle, Juan Mata, Gary Cahill and Fernando Torres will also be hoping for a recall, with midfielder Marco Van Ginkel (knee) Chelsea's only absentee.

Palace could find themselves out of the relegation zone by securing a point against the Europa League champions after their recent revival.

None of the teams in the bottom six have more than Palace's four wins but they must improve their away record, having lost six of the seven games on their travels.

Left-back Dean Moxey will undergo a fitness test after sustaining a hamstring injury against Cardiff, though Jerome Thomas (groin), Jack Hunt (ankle), Adlene Guedioura (ribs) and Glenn Murray (knee) are all sidelined and Paddy McCarthy (groin) is not expected to make his long-awaited comeback.

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Available Squads
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
23David LuizDefender
26John TerryDefender
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
-Michael EssienMidfielder
7RamiresMidfielder
17Eden HazardMidfielder
22WillianMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
8Juan MataStriker
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
3Ashley ColeDefender
8Frank LampardMidfielder
11OscarMidfielder
14Andre SchürrleStriker
9Demba BaStriker
9Samuel Eto'oStriker
1Julian SperoniGoalkeeper
2Joel WardDefender
3Adrian MariappaDefender
19Danny GabbidonDefender
27Damien DelaneyDefender
8Kagisho DikgacoiMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
15Mile JedinakMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
33Cameron JeromeStriker
1Lewis PriceGoalkeeper
16CampañaDefender
4Jonathan ParrStriker
7Yannick BolasieMidfielder
22Stuart O'KeefeMidfielder
14Jimmy KebeMidfielder
-Jonathan WilliamsMidfielder
16Dwight GayleStriker

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