Chelsea have slipped slightly off the pace of the top four sides, with two recent losses, 2-1 to Chelsea and 1-0 to Manchester City, to head into this game five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
The services of Nigerian star, Victor Moses, were not required as Chelsea returned to winning ways on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over relegation battlers, Crystal Palace.
One particularly impressive moment in the second half saw him enjoy a sensational solo run through Palace's midfield, before eventually seeing a seemingly goal-bound effort blocked in front of the target.
Pedro of Chelsea dejected after conceding to make it 1-0 during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on March 4, 2018, in Manchester, England.
The defending Premier League champions are on a hard run of form to heap pressure on their Italian head coach Antonio Conte. On another hand, a string of Crystal Palace players are on the injury table right now and r the cent injury to talisman Wilfried Zaha further weakens the contention of Roy Hodgson's team in the upcoming fixture.
History is on Palace's side - they've gone home with maximum points on their last two visits here.
The Eagles have won back-to- back Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, after failing to win any of their first 13 at the ground in top-flight competition (D5 L8).
Tiemoue Bakayoko is a doubt, whilst David Luiz has suffered a setback as he struggles to overcome a knee injury.
"We must have great patience with Barkley".
"All teams rely upon their decisive players, 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".
They nearly added a fourth on the stroke of half-time, but Tomkins made a brilliant intervention on the line to deny Giroud at the end of an exceptional move. There is Benteke. There are many good players in this squad. They are expected to be without the likes of Connor Wickham, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Bakary Sako, Julian Speroni and Mamadou Sakho.