CHELSEA welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge tomorrow – and Andros Townsend has warned the Blues that his side are planning on causing another upset.
The Eagles defied all odds last season to mastermind a stunning win over Chelsea despite having previously gone seven Premier League games without a goal or a point.
The game represented Roy Hodgson’s first points since taking over and was the catalyst for his side’s remarkable escape from relegation.
Palace find themselves in trouble again this time around and are in the midst of a nightmare run of fixtures against the Premier League elite.
The Eagles held Arsenal to a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park last weekend and travel to west London tomorrow to face a Chelsea side unbeaten so far this campaign.
“We’re looking forward to them, looking forward to causing upsets.”
Crystal Palace star Andros Townsend
The run doesn’t get easier for Hodgson’s side as they face Tottenham next Saturday before visiting Manchester United after the international break.
But Palace have won two of their last three trips to Stamford Bridge and Townsend insists his side won’t be rolling over in their upcoming fixtures.
“To be honest, since I’ve been at Palace it’s been these games that we’ve relished and we’ve always done well against them,” he said.
“Normally you see that run of fixtures and think, ‘Oh here we go’, but we just can’t wait.
“We’re looking forward to them, looking forward to causing upsets, imposing our style against the top teams and picking up some points along the way as well.”
Townsend has been an ever-present for Palace this season but the winger is yet to score or register an assist.
And the former England international admits he needs to be contributing more in order to reduce the pressure on talisman Wilfried Zaha.
He added: “He’s the main man for us, when he’s not there you need other players, like myself, to step up and get assists and get goals.
“When he wasn’t there last season we’ve done that, but we maybe didn’t get the rub of the green to get over the line and get results on the board.
“I could have had one or two this season, could or should have had two or three assists, but, like the rest of the team, for some reason it’s just not going in for us.
“But that’ll soon change and the assists and the goals, not just for me but the rest of the team, will start going in.”
Tomorrow’s clash between Chelsea and Palace kicks off at 4pm.