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Chelsea are hosting Crystal Palace this evening knowing that only three points will do if we want to be playing Champions League football next season.

It’s a pretty sharp fall from grace, Premier League champions to top four battlers, but that’s the reality of the situation we find ourselves in.

After Manchester United defeated Liverpool at Old Trafford, we go into today’s game knowing that a win would close the gap between ourselves and the Reds to just four points.

With nine games left to go, it’s very much all to play for, but we need to start picking up points – and fast. Today’s game provides the perfect opportunity for us to do that, and Antonio Conte has pulled no punches with his team selection.

The Italian has opted to start Olivier Giroud ahead of Alvaro Morata, sticking with a 3-4-3 formation. Davide Zappacosta gets the nod ahead of Victor Moses, while Gary Cahill is in for Antonio Rudiger.

Here’s how both teams lineup in full.

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