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Crystal Palace team news: Palace will have to make do without injured trio against Chelsea

An out-of-form Crystal Palace will face off against Chelsea in a Premier League clash at Selhurst Park on Tuesday evening. 

Palace will be also looking to restore some confidence after having lost their previous three consecutive league games.  

However, the Eagles will not have an easy task at hand as Chelsea will head into the game with victory on their mind after thrashing Watford 3-0 last weekend.

At this point, 12th place Palace will be aiming to ensure a strong finish on the top half of the standings this season.

That is possible if they manage a positive run of results between now and the end of the season.

Palace are expected to make do without the services of injured trio James Tomkins, Jeffrey Schlupp and Martin Kelly, according to BBC.

The report added that Palace manager Roy Hodgson will have to decide whether he will recall the services of Cheikhou Kouyate, Scott Dann and James McCarthy after the trio were rested during the club’s 3-0 defeat to Leicester City last weekend.

Palace does not have recent history in their favour.

They have lost their last four games against Chelsea which included a 2-0 defeat in November’s reverse fixture. They have also managed just four victories in their last 21 league games against Chelsea

The Eagles can take heart from the fact that the Blues are not invincible. This was shown when Lampard’s charges were defeated 3-2 by relegation candidates West Ham prior to their game against Watford. Palace will have to play positive football.

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