The South Londoners have caused problems for the Blues in the not so distant past but there is the chance this weekend to extend a good recent run. Details of that and more facts and figures ahead of the game are here...
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace head to head
Chelsea are seeking a sixth consecutive league victory against Crystal Palace for the first time.
Palace’s last win against Chelsea was in October 2017 at Selhurst Park when Gary Cahill was playing for the Blues.
Palace last came away from Stamford Bridge with three points in April 2017, when they won 2-1 with all three goals coming inside the first 11 minutes.
None of the last 18 Premier League meetings between the clubs have finished level, with the Blues winning 14 to Palace’s four.
Chelsea have won seven of our past nine home league games against Crystal Palace, losing the other two in August 2015 and April 2017.
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 2 CRYSTAL PALACE 0
Premier League, Stamford Bridge, 09.11.19, 12.30pm
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Arrizabalaga; James, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson; Kante, Kovacic; Willian (c), Mount (Gilmour 87), Pulisic (Hudson-Odoi 80); Abraham (Batshuayi 73)
Unused subs Caballero, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Giroud
Head coach Frank Lampard
Booked Willian 17, Emerson 31, Kovacic 33
Scorers Abraham 52, Pulisic 79
Crystal Palace (4-5-1) Guaita; Ward (Kelly 44), Tomkins, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Kouyate (McCarthy 81), Milivojevic (c), McArthur (Schlupp 69), Zaha; J Ayew
Unused subs Hennessey, Dann, Benteke, Riedewald
Manager Roy Hodgson
Booked Zaha 21, McCarthy 90+3
Referee: Mike Dean
Frank Lampard’s side have won seven of our past eight games in all competitions at Stamford Bridge, six with a clean sheet. Liverpool against a 10-man Blues two weeks ago was our only defeat in that run.
The last London club to leave Stamford Bridge with all three points was West Ham in November last year.
Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic scored in both our Premier League encounters with Crystal Palace last season.
Premier League scorers
Abraham 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, James 1, Jorginho 1 (pen), Mount 1, Zouma 1
If selected, Ben Chilwell will make his 100th career appearance in the Premier League.
Olivier Giroud’s next start will be his 50th in a Chelsea shirt in all competitions.
Crystal Palace stats
Premier League - 14th
FA Cup - third round
Carabao Cup - second round
Top scorer all competitions: Jordan Ayew 9
Most appearances: Zaha 38, J Ayew 37, McArthur 37
Most goals: J Ayew 9, Zaha 4, Milivojevic 3, Schlupp 3, Van Aanholt 3,
Most assists: McArthur 3, Zaha 3, J Ayew 2, Van Aanholt 2
Most clean sheets: Guaita 10
Crystal Palace’s victory at Old Trafford two weeks ago was their second in succession away at Man Utd.
It was their fourth away league win at one of the ‘big six’ teams since September 2017, when Roy Hodgson was appointed manager.
The Eagles are looking to win their first two away Premier League games for the first time for five seasons.
Crystal Palace scored three goals in their one away Premier League game this term (against Man Utd), the same as they managed in total in their last six league games on the road last season.
Palace have failed to keep an away clean sheet in the Premier League for five matches. Their last shut-out was a 2-0 win at Bournemouth in June.
Wilfried Zaha has been involved in six goals (three goals, three assists) in his 12 Premier League matches against Chelsea. Against no side has he had a hand in more goals in the competition (also six vs Leicester).
Roy Hodgson’s last Premier League win at Stamford Bridge was when he was in charge of Blackburn in April 1998. They won 1-0 and Jody Morris played 20 minutes as a sub for Luca Vialli’s side. Since then he has lost all six with three different teams (Fulham, West Brom and Crystal Palace).
Premier League scorers
Zaha 3 (1 pen), Kouyate 1, Townsend 1
Roy Hodgson’s managerial record against Chelsea
Palace’s last Premier League game
Saturday 26 September
Crystal Palace 1 Everton 2
Team 4-4-2: Guaita; Ward, Kouyate, Sakho, Mitchell; Townsend, McCarthy, McArthur (Riedewald 88), Eze (Batshuayi 75); J Ayew (Benteke 82), Zaha (c)
Booked: Zaha, McArthur, Ward
Scorer: Kouyate 26
Palace’s major summer moves
Nathan Ferguson West Brom
Eberechi Eze QPR
Michy Batshuayi Chelsea, loan
Alexander Sorloth RB Leipzig
There are no suspensions.
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: Alonso 1, Christensen 1, James 1
Crystal Palace: Ward 2, McArthur 1, McCarthy 1, Schlupp 1, Zaha 1
Referee and VAR
Referee: Michael Oliver
VAR: Andre Marriner
Michael Oliver is the official for only the second time for a Blues match in just under a year. He was the ref in our 2-1 home Premier League win against Tottenham in February.