Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace: Premier League highlights and recap

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N'Golo Kante has handed Chelsea a major boost ahead of upcoming games against Crystal Palace and Barcelona after Antonio Conte confirmed that the France global is back in contention following a health scare suffered during preparations for last weekend's trip to Manchester City.

They trail Tottenham by five points with only nine games left in the season, and may have to settle for a Europa League place come the end of the season.

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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 Eagles are 18th at the moment, one point shy of safety behind 17th-place Southampton.

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has trained all week and could feature, having fainted at the Blues' training ground ahead of their loss to Manchester City last weekend.

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

They were excellent against Barcelona though and were unfortunate not to win that game, and will have one eye on Wednesday's return leg.

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Roy Hodgson sent on Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha for the second half in place of Benteke, and it nearly paid off instantly. 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. Antonio Conte has cut a disgruntled figure throughout the campaign and it would be something of a surprise if the Italian remained in charge at Stamford Bridge next season. We are talking about a player with great experience. When you play against City there is the possibility to lose the game. But the introduction of Wilfried Zaha at half-time gave the visitors renewed heart and Patrick van Aanholt pulled a goal back in the 90th minute to test the nerves of Stamford Bridge unduly.

Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ethan Ampadu are back from injury but they only make the bench.

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"The second half was much better - I thought that we were more aggressive and pushed up better from the back and played as we'd hoped to right from the first whistle". Bakary Sako, Connor Wickham, Julian Speroni, Mamadou Sakho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon are all ruled out for this game with injuries.