Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Willian form means he must start - Conte

Willian form means he must start - Conte

Palace have lost four of their last six games and won just twice in 2018.

Conte said he had the option of playing either Olivier Giroud or Alvaro Morata up front against struggling Crystal Palace on Saturday. "He's in good form".

Chelsea have been handed a major injury boost before their crucial Premier League clash against Crystal Palace with Blues boss Antonio Conte revealing defensive midfielder N'Golo Kante is fit again after suffering a scare last week.

Chelsea go into the game knowing only a win will keep their hopes of fighting for the top four alive, as the Blues now sit five points off Tottenham Hotspur in fourth.

Conte will have been delighted to have N'Golo Kante available for selection after the France global midfielder was ruled out of the defeat with the Citizens last weekend after suffering from bouts of fainting.

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"Morata is coming (back) from a odd injury in his back". So when you have a player out for any length of time there's always a risk you'll push for him to come back earlier than he should.

The defending Premier League champions are on a hard run of form to heap pressure on their Italian head coach Antonio Conte.

"We are talking about a really good player", Conte told reporters when asked about Zaha. For a lot of the game we dominated, we created many, many chances, a lot of chances to score. Palace have drawn nine games in the league this season but only one of these has come against teams in the top nine of the division.

"I tried to keep him for another season but he wanted to play and I understood this".

Lukaku took his tally for the season to 23 in Monday's remarkable 3-2 comeback win at Crystal Palace, but believes he offers far more than goals to Mourinho and the team.

The key for Chelsea in these types of games is getting Eden Hazard in possession as much as possible; against City, he led the line and was on the periphery of the encounter. Tiemoue Bakayoko could return from his calf problem, but he'll have to pass a late fitness test. David Luiz, Ethan Ampadu and Ross Barkley are all expected to miss out, but the latter may be back sooner than his counterparts.

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