Crystal Palace v Chelsea team news & stats

Date published: Friday 1st January 2016 1:26

Yohan Cabaye: Crystal Palace midfielder suspended against Chelsea

Alan Pardew will hope to make it four straight home wins against Chelsea when Crystal Palace host the Premier League champions at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

Team news

Crystal Palace are without the suspended Yohan Cabaye, plus Connor Wickham and Yannick Bolasie, who have respective calf and thigh injuries.

Chelsea, meanwhile, welcome Diego Costa back from suspension and expect to have Gary Cahill available despite a minor ankle injury, but Loic Remy is a doubt with a calf injury, while Radamel Falcao is definitely out with a recurring thigh problem.

Kick-off at Selhurst Park on Sunday is at 1.30pm.

Opta stats

  • Chelsea have won nine and lost just two of their 13 Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace.
  • The last five Premier League meetings between these London rivals have all been won by a single goal margin, with three wins for the Blues and two for the Eagles.
  • Chelsea have scored just seven goals in their last eight Premier League London derbies.
  • However, the Blues have kept a clean sheet in eight of their last 11 London derbies in the Premier League.
  • Crystal Palace have lost four of their last five Premier League London derbies (W1 D0 L4).
  • Alan Pardew has won five of his last eight Premier League matches as a manager against Chelsea (W5 D0 L3).
  • On the last three occasions that Pardew has faced Chelsea in a Premier League home game as a manager his side have picked up the victory (Feb 2013, Nov 2013 & Dec 2014 while at Newcastle).
  • Guus Hiddink has lost just one of his 15 Premier League games as manager of Chelsea (W11 D3 L1), but this came in a London derby away from home (0-1 v Spurs in March 2009).
  • Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their last three Premier League home games (W2 D1); the last time that they went four unbeaten in a row at Selhurst Park in the competition was in Feb 2014.
  • Chelsea are winless in their last seven Premier League away games (L4 D3) and their only league win on the road this season came back in August (3-2 at WBA).

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