Chelsea’s last game against Crystal Palace ended 1-0 at Selhurst Park, and it was a very difficult match, with Thibaut Courtois producing a world-class save in the dying minutes of the game from a Patrick van Aanholt shot.
Antonio Conte has admitted that he’s expecting another tough game with Sam Allardyce as the new manager.
“I remember very well the last game against Crystal Palace,” Conte said. “We deserved to win but we also suffered.
“They have a lot of great players – Benteke is a top player, the same with Zaha, Townsend is another player I like a lot, Cabaye, Puncheon, a lot of great players.
“If you ask me why they are in this position, I don’t know. It’s very strange. When you have this team with these great players it can happen, like with Chelsea last season.
“They have won the last three games; in the last six games they are sixth in the table. We have to pay great attention.”