Yes, Diego Costa Isn't On Form Right Now, Former Chelsea Star Admits

"We are there fighting for the Premier League".

The recent run of positive form has taken Palace (9-4-16) into 16th place on 31 points heading into the midweek action.

Chelsea host fourth-placed Manchester City on Wednesday, while Tottenham travel to relegation-threatened Swansea City. Things looked bleak early as Chelsea's attack carved open the Palace defence easily, leading to a finish from Diego Costa on five minutes.

Despite that rare home defeat against Palace, Chelsea still have the fate of the title in their own hands. Early goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke set Palace on its way to taking a stunning three points.

"It was just a massive win".

Once we lost our game at Stamford Bridge, though, any slim hopes that Arsenal fans were holding on to were gone and so it really did not matter what Chelsea did. He'll be in a brace for two or three weeks and then we'll go from there.

The implications of this result to the title race will overshadow the fact that Palace has won four straight games to boost its bid to stay in the Premier League. He scored a brilliant solo goal for Ivory Coast last week, which led to claims from former England players that he had lacked "the bottle" to choose to declare for England (he had made two friendly appearances); a wrong and insular accusation considering the added complications that come from representing the 2015 African champion.

However, Lloris insists winning the title is not Tottenham's priority at the moment, but ensuring they end the season in the top four.

"That shocked you all, didn't it?" said Allardyce as he sat down for his post-match press conference.

"With Jordan you have to get more bodies in the box to help him, and we did not really do that in the first half against Middlesbrough".

"We need 21 points to win the league mathematically".

"Don't forget, the other teams were candidates to win the title but instead we stay top of the table and we try to keep this position".

  • Julie Sanders