Sport Predicted XI: Chelsea (H)

15:21  13 october  2017
15:21  13 october  2017 Source:   Read Sport

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Chelsea face back-to-back titans, starting with Atletico Madrid away in the Champions League. Antonio Conte will welcome Eden Hazard back to the starting XI , and turn to his sturdiest defence to take the bite out of Atletico’s speed.

After a frustrating 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal last weekend, Chelsea are being thrust straight back into action as they prepare to face Nottingham Forest at home to the Carabao Cup. With a busy September coming up, Antonio Conte will be forced to rotate his squad

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Premier League © Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Sport Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Crystal Palace are already being cut adrift in the Premier League table as we come out of the international break.

Rooted at the bottom, seven defeats from seven and still without a goal amid a real injury crisis, the Eagles fanbase are beginning to fear the worst as Roy Hodgson struggles to turn things around at Selhurst Park.

After suffering another comprehensive defeat last time out to Manchester United, things don’t get easier for Palace as they welcome reigning champions Chelsea to South London.

Hodgson will be without Christian Benteke again, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is ineligible and Connor Wickham remains a long-term absentee, while Wilfried Zaha may not be ready to play the full 90 minutes.

Willian speaks out on his future at Chelsea

  Willian speaks out on his future at Chelsea Willian has been a regular and consistent performer for Chelsea over the years but the Brazilian has perennially been linked with a transfer away from Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho managed the former Shakhtar Donetsk star at Chelsea before being sacked midway through the 2015/16 season and has been reportedly attempted to bring Willian to Manchester United on more than one occasion. With Eden Hazard a nailed on starter, Willian competes with Pedro and Cesc Fabregas for a starting role in the Chelsea side which has seen the winger left out on multiple occasions. Speaking about his time at the club, Willian states that he’s had a wonderful time at the club and he keeps growing every year. “I’ve won titles and made history at Chelsea. I’ve experienced incredible moments at one of the biggest clubs in the world.” “I think I managed to keep improving my football even during difficult periods for the team. I’ve managed to maintain a high level of performance.” “I’m very happy at Chelsea. I just try to improve year on year. And it’s been happening.” Chelsea will be without Alvaro Morata due to a hamstring injury for an extended period which could see Willian handed some more minutes.

Chelsea ’s title defence begins at home to Burnley on Saturday afternoon. Antonio Conte has some big decisions to make after a difficult pre-season campaign and a Community Shield defeat to penalty still fresh in his mind.

Chelsea had little time to sleep – let alone celebrate – after their win against Atletico Madrid. The starting XI has to be back at their best to handle Manchester City on Saturday. Madrid, spain – september 27

As they seek their first goals and points of the season, here’s a look at our Crystal Palace predicted XI for the game against Chelsea.

Batshuayi determined to seize Chelsea chance during Morata absence .
The Blues striker is set to be handed more minutes by Antonio Conte to stand in for injured Spaniard Alvaro Morata and he's keen to impressMichy Batshuayi says Alvaro Morata's injury has given him the ideal chance to impress at Chelsea.

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