PMB: Chelsea v Crystal Palace - talking points

The start of the penultimate month of the season brings opposition from the other side of the Thames to the Bridge. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton are ready for the April action…



This London derby fixture – one which served up the league title for Chelsea two season ago – reaches its half-century at the weekend. It is the 50th time the two teams meet in all competitions.

The Blues are currently 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League with 10 games remaining but tough challenges remain. Chelsea’s task this Saturday is to ensure there is no April foolery. After the full Premier League programme that follows in midweek, there will be just 24 points left to fight for as a trip to Bournemouth beckons.

Antonio Conte’s team have won 20 of their past 23 matches in all competitions, and as the veteran of many a successful run-in, he will be determined to bag the title as soon as possible. The meticulous Italian will want no unexpected items in the trophy-bagging area, and last season Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace checked out of the Bridge with all three top-flight points for the first time ever.