Our last game before the final international break of the year is a local affair, and our build-up to Crystal Palace's visit begins with the keys stats and numbers...
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace head-to-head record
Chelsea have won six of our last eight home league games against Crystal Palace, losing the other two in August 2015 and April 2017.
Since returning to the Premier League in 2013/14, Crystal Palace have won four of their 12 league games against Chelsea, double how many they’d beaten the Blues in their 22 previous top-flight encounters between 1969 and 2005 (two wins, nine draws, 11 defeats).
This will be the first ever managerial meeting between Frank Lampard and Roy Hodgson; Frank made 16 England appearances under Hodgson during his time in charge of the national side, scoring six goals.
Biggest league win for each team
Chelsea 6-2 Crystal Palace 1997/98
Crystal Palace 2-0 Chelsea 1972/73
Crystal Palace’s biggest win at Stamford Bridge is 2-1 in 1981/82, 2015/16 and 2016/17.
Last season's corresponding game
CHELSEA 3 CRYSTAL PALACE 1
Premier League, Stamford Bridge, 04.11.18, 4pm
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho (Fabregas 80), Barkley (Kovacic 63); Pedro, Morata, Willian (Hazard 63).
Unused subs Caballero, Zappacosta, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek.
Head coach Maurizio Sarri
Scorers Morata 32, 65, Pedro 70.
Crystal Palace (4-4-2) Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; McArthur (Schlupp 80), Kouyate, Milivojevic (c), Meyer (J Ayew 71); Townsend, Zaha.
Unused subs Guaita, Kelly, Riedewald, Puncheon, Sorloth.
Manager Roy Hodgson
Booked Milivojevic 85
Scorer Townsend 53
Referee Michael Oliver
Chelsea's recent form
Chelsea stand fourth with 23 points from 11 matches, equal with Leicester and two points behind Manchester City in second.
The Blues have only lost one of our last 14 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge (eight wins, five draws), losing 1-2 to Liverpool in September.
Only Man City (34) and Leicester (27) have scored more in the Premier League this term than Chelsea (25).
Frank Lampard could become the seventh English coach to win six consecutive Premier League matches, and the first since Alan Pardew in April 2012 with Newcastle United.
The Blues have won our last five Premier League London derbies at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea have won five successive league games for the first time since August/September 2018. The last occasion we achieved six league wins in a row was in April/May 2017 on our way to winning the title under Antonio Conte.
Chelsea are unbeaten in our last 15 Premier League games against ‘non big-six’ teams, since a 0-2 loss at Everton in March (11 wins, four draws).
In his playing career for the Blues, Frank Lampard won two and lost one against the Eagles, scoring one goal.
Premier League scorers (25)
Abraham 9, Mount 4, Pulisic 4, Kante 2, Willian 2, Alonso 1, Batshuayi 1, Jorginho 1 (pen), Tomori 1
If selected, Marcos Alonso will start a Premier League game for Chelsea for the 100th time.
If Michy Batshuayi features he will make his 50th career Premier League appearance (Chelsea 39, Crystal Palace 11).
Crystal Palace statistics
Premier League: 12th
FA Cup: Quarter-finals
League Cup: Fourth round
Top scorer all competitions: Luka Milivojevic 12
Last season’s Premier League stats
Most starts: Milivojevic 38, McArthur 36, Van Aanholt 36
Most goals: Milivojevic 12, Zaha 10, Townsend 6
Most assists: McArthur 6, Zaha 5, Townsend 4
Most clean sheets: Guaita 7, Hennessey 5
Crystal Palace are ninth in the Premier League after 11 games this season (15 points) – the Eagles were in 14th spot at this stage last season with eight points.
Since the start of last season, only Liverpool (18), Manchester City (18) and Chelsea (14) have won more Premier League away games than Crystal Palace (11).
Crystal Palace have won two of their last four away London derbies in the Premier League, as many as they had in their previous 15 matches in the capital. This will be their 100th London derby in the Premier League.
This will be Crystal Palace’s fifth Premier League game in a row against a side starting in the top five of the table.
Roy Hodgson’s side have had a tough start to the season away from Selhurst Park. Their five games on the road have featured three of last season’s top six.
Sheffield United - lost 0-1
Manchester United - won 2-1
Tottenham - lost 0-4
West Ham - won 2-1
Arsenal - drew 2-2
Premier League scorers
J Ayew 4, Milivojevic 2 (2 pens), Van Aanholt 2 (1 pen), Townsend 1, own goal 1
Roy Hodgson’s managerial record against Chelsea
Crystal Palace’s last Premier League game
Sunday 3 November
Crystal Palace 0 Leicester City 2
Team 4-5-1: Guaita; Ward, Tomkins, Cahill, Van Aanholt; McArthur (McCarthy 78), Kouyate (Meyer 74), Milivojevic (c), Schlupp, Zaha; J Ayew (Benteke 78)
Booked: Schlupp, Tomkins
Crystal Palace’s major summer moves
Jordan Ayew - Swansea
Gary Cahill - Chelsea
James McCarthy - Everton
Victor Camarasa - Real Betis, loan
Jason Puncheon - Pafos
Bakary Sako - Denizlispor
Pape Souare - Troyes
Julian Speroni - Released
Aaron Wan-Bissaka - Man Utd
Alexander Sorloth - Trabzonspor, loan
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace referee and VAR
Referee: Mike Dean
VAR: Andre Marriner
Mike Dean is refereeing his first Chelsea game this season. His three Blues games in the Premier League last term were away to West Ham and Manchester City and home to Manchester United.
Jorginho is suspended for one match for accumulating five yellow cards. He is the first Chelsea player to be suspended since Marcos Alonso in April 2018.
In the Premier League, five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures have been played will result in a one-match suspension in the competition.
Premier League bookings list
Chelsea (20): Jorginho 5, Alonso 3, Abraham 2, Christensen 2, Tomori 2, Hudson-Odoi 1, Kante 1, Kovacic 1, Mount 1, Willian 1, Zouma 1
Crystal Palace (22): Milivojevic 6, J Ayew 3, Schlupp 2, Ward 2, Benteke 1, Cahill 1, Guaita 1, Kouyate 1, McArthur 1, McCarthy 1, Meyer 1, Tomkins 1, Zaha 1