Giroud gets the nod up front against Crystal Palace


Given Chelsea are five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur heading into this weekend, there's no room for error at this juncture.

Chelsea lost the reverse fixture at Selhurst Park in October and Conte admits his side's results must improve if they are to stay in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

We dearly missed playing in the competition last season, even if steaming towards the Premier League title was a helpful distraction. Here is our predicted XI. "We are working very well as always and tomorrow we will see".

Up next for Chelsea and Conte is Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie.

Crystal Palace will hand late fitness tests to Wilfried Zaha and Mamadou Sakho, who are back in training after respective knee and calf injuries.

They are on a current run of three straight losses, which included a 3-2 defeat at home to Manchester United on Monday night - a game they had led 2-0. "The player and I must have patience", Conte stressed.

Chelsea's potential candidate and former Barcelona manger, Luis Enrique wants to sign Samuel Umtiti as he believes the young defender would be a ideal fit at Stamford Bridge.

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According to the Reports of Sports, Manchester United Boss Jose Mourinho also sees Umtiti as an ideal player to sign.

Willian broke the deadlock on 25 minutes at Stamford Bridge, firing a low shot beyond Wayne Hennessey to net his fifth goal in his last five Chelsea appearances, the best form of his Blues career.

Roy Hodgson has lost each of his last three Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, with his only victory there coming on his first visit - 1-0 with Blackburn in April 1998 thanks to a Kevin Gallacher goal.

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. However, Palace have scored in each of their last six away games, and we think that they will score on Saturday. At the same time, we have to try the right solution to play this game.

"This season perhaps hasn't been quite as good as last season but the team is still doing well", he said.

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is the favourite to score in the game, and he is available at the best odds of 21/20 at Bet365.