Chelsea v Palace confirmed XIs: Giroud replaces Pedro

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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.

"We have to go at speed with them", Conte states during his pre-match press conference at Cobham on Friday.

'N'Golo is fine, ' confirmed Conte.

Chelsea travel to Camp Nou having rescued a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge last time out and Conte acknowledges his team will be facing one of the world's best sides.

Chelsea's title defence has been disastrous, with the defending champions languishing in fifth place, a incredible 25 points behind runway leaders Manchester City.

Driving through the center of the field, flicking the ball past Crystal Palace defenders and then meeting it on the other side, Willian was so quick his wild locks struggled to keep up with him. "For this reason I think it's important for us don't lose points, don't drop points, in every game".

Palace won the reverse fixture at Selhurst Park last October and Chelsea have been beaten in four of their last five Premier League games.

"We played a really good game, especially in the second half and we created chances to score". It's a pity at the end we conceded the goal and then we played three minutes a bit nervous because after you dominate the game you hope to feel the game more relaxed.

Chelsea themselves lost to Manchester City and Manchester United in their last two games and will be desperate to get back to winning ways at home this weekend.

"The teams ahead of us are going with great velocity", Conte added. Tiemoue Bakayoko could return from his calf problem, but he'll have to pass a late fitness test. David Luiz, Ethan Ampadu and Ross Barkley are all expected to miss out, but the latter may be back sooner than his counterparts. "Those two points - more, when you look at the United game - could've made a big difference".

Townsend was my key man when Palace took on Manchester United and he was clearly one of the most risky players for Crystal Palace with his experience and pace into the final third. This means that Townsend should be very motivated to perform at the highest level against one of the best sides in the league, particularly with the World Cup in Russian Federation fast approaching.

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.

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