At midday on Saturday, the Blues host fellow London club Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in the last league game before the international break. Chelsea, who are currently coming off a tremendous comeback in a 4-4 draw earlier this week in a blockbuster match up against Ajax at Stamford Bridge, are also in form in the Premier League. The Blues have won their last five league games, a prolific run by the South-West London side which has now lead them to just two points off the reigning defending champions Manchester City.
This fixture will also mark the return of former club captain Gary Cahill to Stamford Bridge who during his time at Chelsea, won two league honours during the 14/15 season and their historic title win in the 16/17 season.
Crystal Palace who are currently 9th in the table are entering a fixture against a tough opponent. The Eagles’ last four matches have all been against top four competitors with their most recent fixture against third placed side Leicester City which ended in 2-0 home defeat at Selhurst Park of South London.
Frank Lampard, who has just been named Premier League manager of the month, is hopeful that his side can win their 6th league game in a row. If so this would be the first time since the 2016-17 season.
Midfielder N’Golo Kante is set to make a return to the squad this Saturday. The 28 year old has not featured for Chelsea since the 6th October. Kante has had recurring injuries within the past six months which has most definitely undermined his season.
Ross Barkley and Mason Mount both have suspected ankle discomfort, however the two midfielders were called up for the England national team for the upcoming qualifiers next week. There is doubt for Ross Barkley, although he was in full training with the squad this week. There is no real developments on the severity of Mason Mount’s injury and whether it will hinder his in involvement in Saturday game. Danish CB Andreas Christensen is expected to be available for match action this Saturday.
Predicted lineup : (4-3-3) Kepa, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Mount, Pulisic, Abraham
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Saturday November 9th 2019
Kick off: 12:30 GMT