Stat attack - the bare facts ahead of Crystal Palace v Chelsea

Last time out: Damien Delaney goes close at the Bridge in Palace's 2-1 defeat

Last time out: Damien Delaney goes close at the Bridge in Palace's 2-1 defeat

First published in Sport News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Crystal Palace face mission "cause upset" this weekend when the Premier League leaders Chelsea pull up at Selhurst Park.

Last time out, Chelsea thumped Arsenal 6-0 at Stamford Bridge, while the Eagles fell to a late 1-0 defeat at St James’ Park.

If Tony Pulis's men are looking for a crumb of comfort, Chelsea's last trip away from south west London ended in a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa.

However, Palace have lost thier previous two games at home falling 1-0 to Southampton, and 2-0 to Manchester United.

Going into the weekend, the Eagles remain perched just above the relegation zone, while the Blues are one point ahead of Liverpool, and three ahead of Manchester City, although City have two games in hand.

For Palace, Mile Jedinak has happily taken on the role of midfielder enforcer this season.

He would do well to mind his technique against a talent Chelsea midfield this weekend though given that he ranks first on the EA Sports player performance index for fouls conceded with 55.

The Blue possess the players to hurt Palace so their captain will have to be on his guard.

Although more noted for his ability with the ball at his feet, nonetheless Yannick Bolasie has been impressive when attempting to reclaim possession of the ball for his side.

He so far has the best tackle success rate of any Palace player, winning 81 per cent of his 42 attempted challenges this term.

Jason Puncheon remains one of the main driving attacking forces behind this Palace team, carving out chances with solid regularity.

No Palace player has had more attempted shots on goal than Puncheon with 38.

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