He was understudy to Hazard in 2015, when they won the Premier League title under Jose Mourinho, and against under Conte a year ago.
"N'Golo is fine. He trained the whole week".
The Italian was roundly criticised for his timid tactics at Manchester City last week, which saw his side lose by the only goal of the game but never really look like conjuring up an equaliser.
The defending Premier League champions are on a hard run of form to heap pressure on their Italian head coach Antonio Conte.
That has left them out of the Champions League qualification places in fifth place - and they will remain there whatever happens tomorrow.
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Palace have won two and lost seven of their last 12 Premier League away London derbies - both of those victories were 2-1 wins at Stamford Bridge.
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"The teams ahead of us are going with a great velocity and it is important for us to not drop points in games, and in the future exploit the games we have at home".
"I think we created a lot of chances to score a lot of goals and we conceded to make it 2-1 at the end and, for sure, there was a little pressure", he told BT Sport. Throw in a trip to Barcelona on Wednesday in the Champions League, which could see several players rotated, and there are plenty of reasons to swerve the champions.
Conte also confirmed that the game against Palace would certainly come too soon for long-term absentee David Luiz and Ross Barkley. Their position has not been helped by injuries to key players and an unhealthy lack of fortune, if you will.
"I tried to keep him for another season but he wanted to play and I understood this". This means that Townsend should be very motivated to perform at the highest level against one of the best sides in the league, particularly with the World Cup in Russian Federation fast approaching. A formation with enough attacking intent seems a good choice as we should be the ones taking the game to them, not the other way around.