Crystal Palace welcome London rivals Chelsea to Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon, and will be boosted by the return of first-choice goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy, according to BBC Sport.

The Eagles’ number one has been sidelined with a back injury and has missed their last three Premier League matches.

Martin Kelly is also back to full fitness for Palace, as he has recovered from a groin injury to strengthen the back four.

Roy Hodgson won’t be able to call upon Christian Benteke though, as the Belgian striker is still injured.

Palace head into this clash with Chelsea having defeated their opponents in two of their last four meetings.

Hodgson’s men are also in the middle of their longest unbeaten run of the season, going three games without defeat.

That run included a shock victory over Champions Manchester City, as Palace came away from the Etihad Stadium with a 3-2 win.

Victory at Selhurst Park for the Eagles would mark the first time since 2011 that they have ended a calendar year with a win, having beaten Millwall 1-0 in the Championship.

Wilfried Zaha could play a key role for Palace if they are to take three points from this encounter, but the forward has been out of form having failed to find the net in his last 12 Premier League outings.

Hodgson will be hoping his side can keep their current unbeaten run going, and pull off another shock December victory over one of the top four.


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