Crystal Palace stand in Chelsea's way as the Blues look to return to winning ways in the Premier League. A much-improved performance on the road at Aston Villa in the FA Cup saw Chelsea ease the pressure on Mauricio Pochettino last week.
Pochettino was typically cool about the win, though, and knows not to get too carried away when his side are victorious, just as he does not when his team lose. The Argentine's ongoing search for consistency was a big talking point in his pre-match press conference on Friday and that simply has to start later on this evening at Selhurst Park.
Ahead of the all-important clash, Bobby Vincent takes a look at some of the biggest talking points. Including a few really tricky decisions for Pochettino to make in his defence.
It was somewhat of a new-look Chelsea defence in the win against Aston Villa last week. Thiago Silva was given a bit of a rest, although he did come on later in the game, as the 39-year-old started from the bench.
In stepped Benoit Badiashile to partner Axel Disasi and it seemed to really work for the Blues. However, Badiashile limped off late in the game and is set to miss the trip to south London this evening with a slight groin problem.
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So logic would suggest Silva comes back into the team in Badiashile's place, but Levi Colwill could make a return to the squad following a brief time out with an injury. Colwill was assessed at the weekend and Pochettino will know now whether the England international is ready to feature.
Pochettino, though, has adopted a cautious and patient approach with hisRead on football.london