THEY say a week is a long time in politics, it's even longer in the Premier League. Two wins in a week can be summed up in two, simple words; commitment and desire. A rejuvenated Maroune Chamakh, a tireless Cameron Jerome and an inspired new cult hero in Barry Bannan have added to the foundations of last season's crop, while the affect of Keith Millen and Tony Pulis has been outstanding. December could be a defining month in shaping the bottom of the Premiership; not just for Palace but also the other clubs in the mix. With three out of four of our matches tough away trips, and the only home game against an in-form Newcastle, there is certainly no Christmas cheer in the fixture list. The comfort we can take is that those other clubs around us have got equally tough games, some against each other, so points will be precious and hard to come by for everyone. This weekend brings a hefty challenge, travelling across London to Stamford Bridge. We face a Chelsea side that remain unbeaten at home in the league under Mourinho's stewardship, albeit not currently in top form. Last time out they lost at Stoke; a poor result by all means but we cannot underestimate the talent in their squad. If we stand any chance of challenging the top sides, now is the time. Performances of late have been a breath of fresh air. They haven't been glamorous by any stretch of the imagination, more functional, but I think Palace fans are enjoying the spirit and commitment shown by the players. I am predicting an unchanged side to face Chelsea, subject to the fitness of Dean Moxey, with the right balance between attack and defence being found. I am sure our priority will be not to lose the game, but you never know in this league.
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