Chelsea welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge at the weekend for a Premier League fixture and have won their last five consecutive top-flight matches.
Frank Lampard’s team have really gone up a gear in the past month to help them climb to fourth in the league table and their attack should frighten any defence they come up against.
The Blues fought from 4-1 down to draw against Ajax in midweek during the Champions League group stages and there is a real belief within the team right now.
They are preparing to face an opponent in Palace that can be extremely dangerous away from home, as proven by wins at Old Trafford over Manchester United and the London Stadium against West Ham already this season.
Chelsea should be confident of three points at the weekend if they play anywhere near their maximum, but here are three key Palace threats to watch out for:
It will be a special occasion for ex-Chelsea captain Cahill to return to Stamford Bridge and it’s likely he will get a great reception from the home crowd.
The 33-year-old has become an important player at Palace since his summer move to Selhurst Park and is proving he’s still a quality defender in the Premier League.
He’s a no-nonsense centre-back that will know so much about so many of the Chelsea players and could have a big role to play on Saturday.
Cahill is yet to get off the mark yet for new side Palace, but Chelsea fans know his threat when attacking ball and the Blues have to defender set-pieces better with him around the box.
Zaha, 26, hasn’t hit the dizzy heights he can this season and is yet to score in 12 games across all competitions this season, but if anything that makes him more dangerous this weekend.
The rapid attacker is likely to pop up all over the Palace frontline with freedom in the final third and Lampard’s side need to be prepared to keep him quiet on the counter.
He’s got the individual quality to win a game on his own if he gets back to his best and Chelsea can half win the battle if they keep him quiet.
Ayew has been the surprise package at Palace this season with his impressive performances in attack and it’s likely the in-form striker will lead the line for his team.
The 28-year-old Ghanian has proved doubters wrong with a strong start to the season and he’s their top scorer with four Premier League goals so far.
Chelsea’s centre-back pairing Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma will learn all about Ayew’s work-rate, while he’s proving to be confident right now in front of goal too.