Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Chelsea return to winning ways with victory over Palace

Chelsea return to winning ways with victory over Palace

Tottenham, which plays Bournemouth on Sunday, is two points ahead of Chelsea in fourth place.

Palace, meanwhile, are embroiled in a relegation battle and will have to pick themselves up after a heartbreaking 3-2 loss on Monday to Manchester United.

Conte's focus now turns fully to Wednesday, when Chelsea take on Barcelona in the second leg of a finely-poised Champions League round-of-16 tie at Camp Nou, and he warned that his players will need to show other qualities in order to succeed. Here is our predicted XI. "We are working very well as always".

Chelsea's title defence has been disastrous, with the defending champions languishing in fifth place, a incredible 25 points behind runway leaders Manchester City.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes Chelsea FC will edge to a comfortable win against Palace, especially with Ivory Coast worldwide Wilfried Zaha sidelined for the Eagles.

Antonio Conte has had a tough season at Stamford Bridge-pretty much since the moment they won the league at a canter last May.

This is the context in which the Blues welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge on the weekend.

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They have slipped back into the drop zone due to their recent form.

Giroud saw one effort cleared off the line and also hit the post, but Conte feels the Frenchman had a "positive" display nonetheless.

After successive starts against Spurs and United, a third could follow at Chelsea, and Hodgson hopes we are witnessing the start of a promising Premier League career.

"I think we created a lot of chances to score a lot of goals and we conceded to make it 2-1 at the end and, for sure, there was a little pressure", he told BT Sport.

Antonio Conte's side have lost four of their last five Premier League games; their previous four defeats in the competition came over a run of 30 matches. Tiemoue Bakayoko could return from his calf problem, but he'll have to pass a late fitness test. David Luiz, Ethan Ampadu and Ross Barkley are all expected to miss out, but the latter may be back sooner than his counterparts.

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