Half goals see Chelsea to victory over Crystal Palace

Willian shone for the Blues

The Blues have lost four of their last five games in the league, and they come into this on the back of consecutive defeats to Manchester clubs.

Antonio Conte admitted that Willian has earned a place at the heart of his plans against Barcelona after the Brazilian continued his prolific scoring run in Chelsea's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.

Terry joined promotion-chasing Aston Villa in July after 19 seasons at Stamford Bridge in which he won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups and featured in Champions League and Europa League-winning campaigns. Here is our predicted XI.

"But we're very happy to see him back as quickly as it's happened, and that's credit to him and the medical staff here".

The match was a frustrating one for Giroud, who is still searching for his first Premier League goal since joining Chelsea.

Roy Hodgson sent on Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha for the second half in place of Benteke, and it nearly paid off instantly.

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The reigning champions lost to Manchester United and Manchester City in their last two games, but things were rather more straightforward this time around and they should have claimed a more comprehensive win over Palace given the number of chances they created. "The player and I must have patience".

However, Conte revealed that the former AS Monaco star is also back in full training and might be fit for the visit of Palace or Wednesday's trip to Barcelona.

Given Chelsea's past two defeats at the hands of both Manchester clubs, fans of the Blues were happy to see Conte using a recognised striker at Stamford Bridge.

To have been leading 2-0 and in complete control of the game and then falling to a last-minute loss must have been galling for Palace, especially after they conceded a late victor against Tottenham in their previous game. A formation with enough attacking intent seems a good choice as we should be the ones taking the game to them, not the other way around.

Roy Hodgson's men have scored in all of their last six away matches, having started the season without a goal in their opening eight games on the road.

"This season perhaps hasn't been quite as good as last season but the team is still doing well", he said. So when you have a player out for any length of time there's always a risk you'll push for him to come back earlier than he should.

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