Chelsea v Crystal Palace

Chelsea will be looking to put their early-season stutter behind them when they welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Blues finally got their first win of the campaign over West Brom last weekend, after drawing with Swansea and losing 3-0 to Manchester City in their opening two fixtures. But they were hardly convincing against the Baggies and Jose Mourinho will have been working hard to make sure his players put in a better performance against their London rivals.

Crystal Palace have looked good so far this season. An opening-day win over Norwich City was followed by a 2-1 loss to Arsenal, but they got back to winning ways last weekend with a 2-1 triumph over Aston Villa.

The Eagles may have lost both their meetings with the eventual champions last season, but they were only beaten 1-0 on the previous visit to the Bridge and, with Chelsea misfiring, they will be aiming to take some points off the title holders.

Jose Mourinho won’t be able to call on captain John Terry after the centre-back saw red against West Brom last weekend. On the injury front, Nigerian winger Victor Moses is still nursing a knock, but Brazilian playmaker Oscar should return from a muscular injury in time to feature.

For Crystal Palace, Alan Pardew will be without Mile Jedinak (hamstring), Fraizer Campbell (hamstring), Julian Speroni (hand), Kwesi Appiah (knee) and Marouane Chamakh (hamstring), although Connor Wickham is expected to return from a rib injury.

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