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. "Olivier played against West Brom from the start, he played against Hull and he came on in other games, but he's ready". Given Chelsea are five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur heading into this weekend, there's no room for error at this juncture.
That has left them out of the Champions League qualification places in fifth place - and they will remain there whatever happens tomorrow.
Crystal Palace: After going 2-0 up against Manchester United on Monday, Roy Hodgson's side then conceded three in a row to drop a golden opportunity to get out of the relegation zone. He has a good attitude and he will be getting better all the time'.
"Chelsea are the champions of England". Can they do a double over the current champions?
"It's been really good", the Belgium striker told Sky Sports when asked about linking up again with his former Chelsea boss in the summer. There is Benteke. There are many good players in this squad.
We anticipate at least three goals in the game, and we are backing over 2.5 goals as our prediction.
Palace nearly pulled one back early in the second half, as Sorloth charged through on goal and blasted against the left-hand post as the hosts responded by crafting another fine chance of their own - Willian embarking on a remarkable solo run, before exchanging passes with Giroud and seeing his eventual shot crucially blocked just in front of the goal.
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There are even rumours that Zaha might feature on Saturday -having been out for a month with a knee injury -which will not be music to Conte's ears.
The left-back's shot from Zaha's diagonal pass went nearly straight through Courtois but Chelsea held on. "We are working very well as always and tomorrow we will see".
"We'll see how he feels when he comes in tomorrow - another light session - and speak to him, and how he feels". The initial prognosis was end of season, rather than six weeks. "But if he's physically fit medically and mechanically, there's no reason he couldn't be involved".
Chelsea: N'Golo Kante missed the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, and the Blues will hope to welcome him back.
"JT's role last season was incredible".
The Blues have won 12 and lost only one of their last 19 home league matches in all competitions.
The gaffer hints that he trusts the two forwards but refused to guarantee them a place in the starting line-up against Palace.