MATCH PREVIEW: CRYSTAL PALACE VS CHELSEA

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Kick Off: 12:30 GMT. Saturday, 17th December, 2016

Venue: Selhurst Park.

First kickoff of the weekend, and Chelsea will be aiming for an eleventh consecutive victory in a London derby game against Crystal Palace.

After 16 matches played, Chelsea top the table with 40 points, while Crystal Palace are just above the relegation spot with 15 points from 16 games, as they lie in 16th place.

Chelsea are on a 10 match winning streak while Crystal Palace have won only once, drawn twice and lost 7 in their last 10 games.

In this fixture last season, Chelsea got all 3 points as the Blues won 3-0, while Crystal Palace won the first leg 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have won 4 of the last 6 league games between both sides, while Crystal Palace have won just 2.

Chelsea have won five of their last six Premier League games away to Crystal Palace, keeping clean sheets in four of those matches.

Palace beat Chelsea 1-0 at Selhurst Park in March 2014 – but that is their only home league win against the Blues since 1990.

Chelsea will be hoping to pip a porous Crystal Palace defence that has kept just one clean sheet in their last 21 top-flight games.

Chelsea have shown good form in the last few London derbies, as the Blues have lost just one of their last eight Premier League London derbies (W4, D3), with their sole defeat coming at Arsenal in September.

A win against Crystal Palace would equal the club’s top-flight record, set between April and September 2009, under Carlo Ancelotti.

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