Published: Sat, November 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Chelsea 2 - 0 C Palace | 09 Nov 2019

Chelsea 2 - 0 C Palace | 09 Nov 2019

The Blues were excellent in the second half, but manager Frank Lampard will be anxious by his side's defending in the game.

Chelsea will be hoping to continue their winning momentum heading into the global break when they play hosts to Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

Chelsea are up to second in the Premier League, having played a game more than Manchester City, after a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Speaking ahead of the Premier League match, Frank Lampard was asked questions regarding Mason Mount and injury update if any that were plaguing the club.

Ross Barkley is also close to a return from injury but the England global is still not a 100 per cent fit meaning Mateo Kovacic will be partnered by N'Golo Kante in central midfield vs the Eagles.

Lampard also confirmed defender Antonio Rudiger, who has made only one appearance this season, underwent surgery on a groin problem this week and could return to contention in three weeks. They offered nearly nothing in attack against Chelsea, with Wilfried Zaha generally unable to influence matters going forward, creating one chance and having no attempts on goal.

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With Rudiger unavailable and Andreas Christensen still not fit enough to return, Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori pick themselves as the hosts' central defensive partnership.

N'Golo Kante and Mason Mount both start for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge - as does Reece James.

Marcos Alonso played half the match against Ajax, before César Azpilicueta switched to left-back.

Palace make the short trip across London to face Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime looking to bounce back from last weekend's home defeat to Leicester.

Kante will, thus, replace Jorginho, with Mateo Kovacic being his partner.

Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi have been itching to get starts upfront but just the other games, Lampard will once again deploy Tammy Abraham as the lone striker on Saturday.

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