Thomas Tuchel & co. trip to the South London to take Crystal Palace in the Premier League Matchday 31 of the 2020/21 season at Selhurst Park stadium this evening.
The Blues head into the game, aiming of bounce back to winning ways in the domestic league after an impressive 2-0 win over Porto in their Uefa Champions League quarter-final first leg tie on Wednesday.
After suffered 5-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge last weekend, Blues hoping of secure top-four spot, remains huge pressure as they sitting fifth place with 51 points ahead of crucial clash against Crystal Palace.
Winning against the Eagles will boost their hope of secure place in top-four spot and also will helping them move above West Ham United, who will battle with third place Leicester City on Sunday afternoon.
And ahead of latest fixture against the Eagles, who are currently 12th on the table with 38 points to their name, Thomas Tuchel’s & co. haven’t received any fresh injury concerns hampering their preparations but Thiago Silva missing the game due to suspended after being sent off last time out against West Bromwich Albion.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, there’s a lot of chance in middle of park when Chelsea take on Crystal Palace this evening. Players like Kante, who named as substitute in mid-week against FC Porto is likely to return to the starting lineup while Christian Pulisic also expected in first-team to face the Eagles.
In Silva’s absence, Andreas Christensen ought to slot in at the centre of the back three, with Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azipilicueta starting alongside him in the three-man unit. Edouard Mendy, who some brilliant save in the Uefa Champions League clash against FC Porto earlier this week, will be stationed in goal.
Moving upon to middle of the park, N’Golo Kante set to return to the starting lineup with Mateo Kovacic is expected to partner the Frenchman in the middle of the park. Out wide, Marcos Alonso should in for Ben Chilwell while Callum Hudson-Odoi should in for Reece James as the two wing-backs.
Mason Mount, who regarded as Chelsea’s best player so far this season is a certainty in the attacking setup. The England international will likely have Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud for company in the final third, with the likes of Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner being options off the bench.
Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Kovacic, Kante, Alonso; Pulisic, Mount; Giroud
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