Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from three successive defeats in all competitions when they continue their Premier League campaign at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues will enter the contest off the back of a 2-1 loss at Fulham in the league, while Palace suffered a 2-1 defeat to Southampton in the third round of the FA Cup last time out.
Chelsea’s issues have not been helped by a lengthy injury list, with Reece James, Wesley Fofana, N’Golo Kante, Armando Broja, Ben Chilwell, Raheem Sterling, Edouard Mendy and Christian Pulisic all out.
Denis Zakaria is also a major doubt with the issue that he suffered against Fulham, while the match could also come too soon for Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Joao Felix was sent off on his debut against Fulham, meanwhile, so the on-loan Atletico Madrid forward will miss the team’s next three matches due to a suspension.
There could be three changes from the side that took to the field for the first whistle against Fulham, with Marc Cucurella, Jorginho and Hakim Ziyech potentially coming in for starts.
As for Palace, Tyrick Mitchell is back from a suspension and is expected to return to the XI in defence.
The Eagles will again be missing James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson through injury, but they are otherwise in good shape heading into the London derby.
There is not expected to be any major surprises in the away side’s XI on Sunday afternoon, with Zaha likely to be joined in the final third of the field by Jordan Ayew and Eberechi Eze.
Joel Ward is likely to be the player to miss out at the back, with Nathaniel Clyne set to switch to right-back to allow Mitchell to return to his left-back position.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa; Chalobah, T Silva, Koulibaly; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Cucurella; Mount, Havertz, Ziyech
Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Olise, Doucoure, Schlupp; J Ayew, Zaha, Eze
We say: Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace