- Updates from the 4pm GMT kick-off at Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Morata, Willian
Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Hazard
Unbeaten, in imperious form and boisterous mood, Chelsea are a force to be reckoned with. Maurizio Sarri’s side are plainly enjoying themselves, none more so than Eden Hazard, who is expected to feature after recovering from a back injury, though Ross Barkley’s emergence from the Stamford Bridge shadows means there is no need for the Belgium forward to be needlessly thrown in from the off. For Crystal Palace, the good news is they have their own injury boost, with Wilfried Zaha fit again after a shoulder problem. Without Zaha, Palace are predictable and bereft of any sting in attack. Palace are without a win in their past five games, and unsurprisingly Roy Hodgson has been loth to play down the challenge that faces his team. “We can’t disguise the enormity of the task,” he said.
Kick-off: 4pm (GMT)