Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace: Premier League highlights and recap

Crystal Palace given major boost ahead of Chelsea match

Antonio Conte believes Chelsea can not afford to drop any more points in their pursuit of a top-four Premier League finish, starting against Crystal Palace this evening.

Palace lie in the relegation zone, but a result against Antonio Conte's side will see them climb out of the drop.

Kante's omission from the match day squad to face league leaders Manchester City had raised eyebrows and after the Blues slumped to a 1-0 loss at the Etihad Stadium, reports filtered in that the Frenchman had collapsed on the eve of the tie.

After being eased past 3-1 by Everton, Palace then were unlucky to lost 1-0 to Spurs and caused some problems for Man Utd last time out, before ultimately suffering a 3-2 loss.

Club captain Gary Cahill also returns to the starting line-up for the first time in the league since the 4-1 defeat to Watford, replacing Antonio Rudiger with a trip to Barcelona on the mind.

"We are to show great resilience", he said, "because the game, for sure, will be totally different [to Palace]".

The hosts have kept five clean sheets in their last six league games at Stamford Bridge.

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Up next for Chelsea and Conte is Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie. They deserved more against Tottenham and against United.

Moses was on the bench for 90 minutes as the Blues did the needful to get all three points from Saturday's game at Stamford Bridge.

"When you lose many games in a row it's not simple", Conte added.

The opening goal came from a player Conte has sometimes been reluctant to rely upon, but who has proven highly dependable for Chelsea this season.

"This season we are also paying a bit for a lack of experience in many of our players, but Baka has the right personality to become an important player for Chelsea, I hope in the present but for sure in the future". Wilfried Zaha (knee injury) is still a week away, at least, while Mamadou Sakho (calf injury), Jason Puncheon and Connor Wickham (knee injuries) are still some distance from fitness. Palace have drawn nine games in the league this season but only one of these has come against teams in the top nine of the division.

Defenders David Luiz (ankle) and Ethan Ampadu (hamstring) and midfielder Ross Barkley (hamstring) are out, but midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is available again.

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