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How Chelsea could line up against Crystal Palace

Sports Mole looks at how Chelsea could line up for Tuesday's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Chelsea know that there is little margin for error in the top-four race when they make the trip across London to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Tuesday night.

Frank Lampard's side returned to winning ways at the first time of asking on Saturday, bouncing back from their 3-2 defeat at the hands of West Ham United with a 3-0 triumph against Watford.

The Blues now have a two-point lead over fifth-placed Manchester United ahead of their trip to Palace, who go into the game on the back of three successive defeats without scoring.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Chelsea could line up for the contest.



Possible CHE XI vs. CRY

Out: N'Golo Kante (hamstring), Mateo Kovacic (Achilles), Fikayo Tomori (muscle), Marco van Ginkel (knee)
Doubtful: None

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The one downside of Saturday's victory over Watford was an injury to N'Golo Kante which will almost certainly rule him out of this match, despite Lampard's optimism that it is nothing serious.

The Frenchman was withdrawn with 12 minutes remaining after picking up a hamstring injury, the nature of which does not usually allow a quick return with such a relentless turnaround in fixtures.

Jorginho or Billy Gilmour are likely to come in for Kante, but Ross Barkley will expect to keep his spot, having been directly involved in eight goals from his last 10 starts across all competitions.

Olivier Giroud was also on the scoresheet against Watford to make it four goals in his last seven Premier League games for Chelsea - more than he had scored in his previous 38 appearances - and he will therefore hope to lead the line once again.

The likes of Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso could return to the defence after sitting out at the weekend, and if Lampard opts for further rotation then Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Pedro could all be in line for a spot too.

Mateo Kovacic and Fikayo Tomori will once again miss out, although they could be back in contention by the weekend.

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Who will win Tuesday's Premier League clash between Crystal Palace and Chelsea?

Crystal Palace
Draw
Chelsea
Crystal Palace
12.0%
Draw
9.0%
Chelsea
79.0%
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2Manchester CityMan City392739106357184
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd381812866363066
4Chelsea392061369571266
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd391512124239357
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10Burnley38159144350-754
11Southampton38157165160-952
12Everton381310154456-1249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
RBournemouth3897224065-2534
RWatford39810213668-3234
RNorwich CityNorwich3856272675-4921

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