Patrick van Aanholt grabbed a consolation in stoppage time but it mattered little in the grand scheme of things and Chelsea moved to within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham ahead of their trip to Bournemouth on Sunday.
Palace lie in the relegation zone, but a result against Antonio Conte's side will see them climb out of the drop.
The defeat leaves the Eagles stranded in 18th place, one point adrift of Southampton in 17th.
Chelsea travel to Camp Nou having rescued a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge last time out and Conte acknowledges his team will be facing one of the world's best sides.
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Hodgson said: "It's a shame that we didn't play the whole of the game as we played the second half". Antonio Conte has cut a disgruntled figure throughout the campaign and it would be something of a surprise if the Italian remained in charge at Stamford Bridge next season.
Much has been spoken about Liverpool's potent attack in the build-up, but United boast threats of their own and a front man coming into form as the season reaches a conclusion. It is an important game and we want to try to get three points.
"We have to show great resilience", Conte continued.
"Against City, there is the possibility to lose the game". They have fantastic players and are a brilliantly run club, a powerful club.
"We can only hope that we can reproduce the recent performances against similar opponents, and give them as good a game as we did against Spurs and [Manchester] United". David Luiz, Ross Barkley and Ethan Ampadu are, however, all sidelined. They are expected to be without the likes of Connor Wickham, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Bakary Sako, Julian Speroni and Mamadou Sakho.