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4-2-3-1: Chelsea’s Expected Line-up Against Crystal Palace – Diego Costa Back, Gary Cahill on the Bench

Chelsea will travel across London to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace on Sunday. The Blues are undefeated in their last three games and have claimed five points from possible nine. Guus Hiddink’s side have drawn their last two games and they will be looking to buck that trend and claim all three points in the London derby.

Diego Costa will be back from his suspension and Gary Cahill faces a late fitness test.

Here’s how we think Chelsea will line up in 4-2-3-1 formation:


Thibaut Courtois is an obvious choice in this department.


Hiddink has preferred to play Gary Cahill in the centre of his defence, but the England international faces a late fitness test ahead of the game. Hence, we have gone for the centre-back pairing of John Terry and Kurt Zouma.

Branislav Ivanovic will keep his place at right back and Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back position.


Hiddink started John Obi Mikel in the goalless draw against Man Utd, but we think he would set a more adventurous side against Crystal Palace. This would see the return of Cesc Fabregas alongside Nemanja Matic in the midfield.

We think that Brazilian Oscar will keep his place in the squad and will start in the number ten role.

Eden Hazard started up front for the Blues, but he will shift to out wide against the Eagles. Willian will start from the opposite flank.

The notorious Diego Costa is back from his suspension. He scored a brace in his last league appearance and will like to build upon his performance. He will lead Chelsea’s attack on Sunday.


Courtois |Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta | Matić, Fàbregas | Willian, Oscar, Hazard | Costa

Subs: Asmir Begovic, Gary Cahill, Pedro, Baba Rahman, Ramires, John Obi Mikel, Loic Remy

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