Crystal Palace vs Chelsea LIVE: Premier League team news, line-ups and more tonight
Crystal Palace host Chelsea in a Monday night Premier League encounter that could have serious repercussions for both managers.
Roy Hodgson, who manages the Eagles, is under pressure from the fanbase after a series of fluctuating results which has dropped the London side into the bottom half of the table. Palace have only won three games since the end of September and are just five points above the drop zone which means they are in danger of being drawn into a relegation battle. Should they fail to gain more consistency, and the positive results that tend to come with it, the pressure will continue to mount on the owners to replace Hodgson with a manager who can bring a more exciting brand of football to Selhurst Park.
A similar situation faces Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino. Consecutive defeats to Wolves and Liverpool ramped on the noise around the Argentine but a well-earned victory over Aston Villa in an FA Cup fourth-round replay shows signs that he is imprinting his own style on play on the team. However, the pressure on Pochettino would return if Chelsea were to slip up against Crystal Palace this evening.
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Roy Hodgson says young Academy players like David Ozoh, Naouirou Ahamada and Matheus França, must step up to the plate in the absence of Palace’s main stars.
“Our squad is getting so much smaller and they play in the area where we are missing players,” said the Eagles boss. “Both [Ahamada and França] have benefitted from time [here].
“They understand more what we are trying to do and their game is constantly improving. Now for them, when they get a chance, they have to really grasp that.
“França has had more chances than