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Crystal Palace Vs Chelsea (0 – 3) On 3rd January 2016

03 Jan

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Guus Hiddink has urged Chelsea to turn
their
recent good run into a “winning period”,
starting
with a tricky visit to Crystal Palace on
Sunday.
Chelsea are unbeaten in the three
matches they
have played since Jose Mourinho
departed the
club last month. Hiddink took a watching
brief for
a 3-1 win over Sunderland, before
seeing Chelsea
draw 2-2 with Watford and 0-0 against
Manchester United over the festive
period.
Chelsea now make the short trip to
Selhurst Park
and Hiddink, while praising the job done
by
opposite number Alan Pardew, is keen
to turn
draws into maximum points.
“Crystal Palace are doing well. Alan
Pardew has
done a marvellous job in the period he
has been
working there,” Hiddink said. “If you
look at the
statistics you have a team that has
scored 23
goals in 19 games and just conceded 16
which
means he is well organised with his
team.
“We have started gathering some
points. It [the
draw with United] was the third
consecutive
game we didn’t lose but that’s not
enough. We
must come now in to a winning period
of games,
that’s important.
“You see how it is, all the big teams are
losing
points as well. Nowadays it’s very
difficult and if
you see where our next opponent is in
the table
they are close to the Champions League
positions. So it’s not that easy now to
have a
long-term winning sequence.”
Chelsea need no reminding of the
quality Palace
possess having been beaten 2-1 by
Pardew’s
men in August’s reverse fixture, which
was
Mourinho’s 100th Barclays Premier
League
match at Stamford Bridge.
That was one of nine league defeats
that
contributed to the Portuguese’s
downfall, and
Palace also recorded a home win over
Chelsea
as recently as March 2014.
Fifth-placed Palace are on a six-match
unbeaten
run but Pardew still rates Chelsea – who
are 14th
– as favourites to claim three points.
“Chelsea look like they have gone into a
controlled phase of making sure they
are stable
in the league and will probably attack
the cups,”
he said. “They looked a bit more
assured against
Manchester United, so they are
favourites for
this game. Having said that, we are
difficult to
play at home at the moment.”
Chelsea were forced to play without a
recognised
striker versus United and although
Diego Costa
returns from suspension Loic Remy
(calf)
remains a doubt and Radamel Falcao
(thigh) is
out. Centre-back Gary Cahill (ankle)
should be fit,
though.
Pardew, meanwhile, will be without
Dwight Gayle,
Bakary Sako, Yannick Bolasie, Connor
Wickham
while Yohan Cabaye is suspended.
“We are really going to have to lean on
our
fighting qualities that this team has,”
Pardew
added. “We want to hold on to our fifth
place.”
Crystal Palace (from): Hennessey,
McCarthy,
Speroni, Dann, Delaney, Hangeland,
Kelly,
Mariappa, Souare, Ward, Guedioura,
Jedinak,
Ledley, Lee, McArthur, Mutch,
Puncheon, Zaha,
Campbell, Chamakh.
Chelsea (from): Amelia, Begovic,
Blackman,
Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Djilobodji,
Ivanovic,
Rahman, Terry, Zouma, Fabregas,
Hazard, Loftus-
Cheek, Matic, Mikel, Oscar, Ramires,
Traore,
Willian, Bamford, Costa, Kenedy, Pedro,
Remy.
http://m.premierleague.com/en-gb/matches/2015-2016/epl.summary.html/crystal-palace-vs-chelsea

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