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Mendy starts, no Thiago Silva: Chelsea’s predicted XI vs Crystal Palace

Chelsea will want to get back to winning ways after hitting a worrying patch of form over the past few weeks.

The Blues’ Carabao Cup exit on Tuesday compounded their misery after failing to beat West Brom and Liverpool in each of their last two league games.

They don’t have the easiest task in the world on Saturday either, with high-flying Crystal Palace visiting Stamford Bridge.

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Roy Hodgson’s men have won two of their first three league matches this term, including an impressive 3-1 win against Manchester United.

So, how will Frank Lampard set his team up when trying to overcome his London rivals? We’ve had a go at predicting Chelsea’s starting XI on Saturday.

There should be plenty of changes after Lampard fielded a rotated side for Tuesday’s cup match, we envisage five in total, while two new signings are set to make their first league appearances for the club.

Edouard Mendy retains his spot after signing from Rennes and playing his first match in the cup against Spurs, meaning that there is no place for Kepa Arrizabalaga who has been questioned a lot of late.

There are changes in defence as Reece James continues his run of starting every league game so far, replacing Cesar Azpilicueta who started in midweek, while Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma are the centre-back pairing after Thiago Silva’s disastrous debut vs West Brom.

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Ben Chilwell keeps his spot from Tuesday to make his first league appearance for the club, while the two deeper midfield spots are occupied by N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic.

With Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech still doubts for this weekend, the front four reverts back to what we saw against West Brom, with Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Timo Werner playing slightly behind Tammy Abraham, who netted the vital equaliser at the Hawthorns.

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