Chelsea will be looking to equal the club record of 11 straight wins as they face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The Blues dispatched a stubborn Sunderland side in mid-week to take the clubs unbeleivable unbeaten run to 10, leaving them 6 points clear of the chasing pack.
Chelsea will be hoping they can relocate last seasons corresponding fixture when they travel to Selhurst Park, having beaten Palace 3-0 their last season.
Jason Puncheon returns for Crystal Palace after a ban but Mathieu Flamini is out with a groin injury.
James Tomkins, Connor Wickham, Bakary Sako, Loic Remy, Pape Souare and Steve Mandanda remain sidelined.
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, who missed the win at Sunderland because of a knock, is fit but could be rested as part of squad rotation.
Willian could deputise again in place of Hazard, while Cesc Fabregas will hope to start ahead of Nemanja Matic.
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte:
“The Chinese market is a danger for all teams in the world. Not only for Chelsea but all teams in the world.
“But I think that we must be concentrated on our work. I think that this league is fantastic and to play in this league is a great opportunity, a great honour.
“You must be very proud to play in this league. Because I think now it’s the best league in the world. For this season, I don’t worry about this.”
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew:
“The manager’s done a great job but the world-class players are at the top of their game. And the best thing he’s done is not the system: he’s man-managed those people to perform better.
“He’s got to grips with the toughness of the Premier League, and the physicality of it. He inherited players that were used to it, and he’s been helped by that.
“[But] he’s still done a fabulous job, the system suits them, and at the moment they look unbeatable.
“The best we can do is to make sure we give them a game which makes it as difficult as possible and hopefully get ourselves a result. It is possible.”
- Chelsea have won five of their last six Premier League games away to Crystal Palace, keeping clean sheets in four of those matches.
- Palace beat Chelsea 1-0 at Selhurst Park in March 2014 – but that is their only home league win against the Blues since 1990.
- This will be Palace’s final Premier League home match of 2016 – it was also their first game of the calendar year (a 3-0 home defeat on 3 January).
- Palace are winless in eight Premier League London derbies since a 2-1 victory at Chelsea in August 2015 (D2, L6).
- The Eagles have kept just one clean sheet in their last 21 top-flight games.
- Alan Pardew will take charge of his 302nd Premier League game, putting him joint 10th in the all-time list of most matches managed in the division (level with Joe Kinnear).
- Christian Benteke has scored in four of his last six Premier League appearances against Chelsea, including his last two.
- James McArthur has scored five Premier League goals in 2016-17, one more than in his previous two seasons at Palace combined.
- An 11th consecutive win would equal the club’s top-flight record, set between April and September 2009.
- Victory would also see Chelsea become the third team to win 500 Premier League games, after Arsenal (512) and Manchester United (593).
- The Blues have won the Premier League title on each of the four previous occasions they were top of the table on Christmas Day.
- Six of the last seven teams to top the Premier League table at Christmas have gone on to lift the trophy that season.
- Chelsea have lost just one of their last eight Premier League London derbies (W4, D3), with their sole defeat coming at Arsenal in September.
- Eden Hazard is one short of 50 Premier League goals, while Gary Cahill is set for the 300th Premier League appearance of his career.