Crystal Palace boss Hodgson frustrated after comeback not enough for Chelsea defeat

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Chelsea's victory - only their third in their last nine league games - keeps the pressure up on fourth-placed Tottenham, who face Bournemouth on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace will be looking for a win to move them out of the relegation zone and have already beaten Conte's side this season as well as the corresponding fixture last term. The Eagles are in 18th place, only a point from safety, but have a relatively easy run in, with only two games, including Saturday's, against the big six.

Chelsea deservedly received scathing criticism for their extraordinarily negative approach in last week's 1-0 defeat at champions elect Manchester City.

Palace has lost its last three Premier League games and hasn't won since a 1-0 victory over Burnley on January 13.

The tie is delicately balanced after the first leg ended in a 1-1 draw and while La Blaugrana are favourites to progress, the Premier League side will look to upset the odds at the Nou Camp.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has been given a huge boost for the trip to Stamford Bridge with Wilfried Zaha making a remarkable recovery from injury. Giroud offered a focal point but also a poaching instinct, and might have turned a Kanté shot past Wayne Hennessey in the eighth minute had his foot been an inch longer. The match will be held at Stamford Bridge in London.

Leading up to this game, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said: "They [Palace] lost the last couple of games". His presence in the middle of the park ensures that Chelsea's creative forwards will enjoy more freedom in possession than they are used to.

"We have to show great resilience", Conte continued. "We're playing against a really good team, with talented players".

Willian is a clear contender to be the club's player of the season come May, which would be the second time he had won the award. It is an important game and we want to try to get three points.

The hosts now sit in the relegation zone but a victory on Saturday could propel them out of the drop zone and give them a little bit more hope of stay up.

Tiemoue Bakayoko is a doubt, whilst David Luiz has suffered a setback as he struggles to overcome a knee injury. Yohan Cabaye and Joel Ward are doubts for Saturday's game, but could make their returns within the next week, while Julian Speroni and Mamadou Sakho remain sidelined.

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