The starting XI Lampard should pick against Crystal Palace

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The Blues welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge on Saturday before the players travel to their various countries for internationals.

Chelsea have won five Premier League games in a row and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will be hoping to make it six consecutive Premier League wins.

Lampard will be forced to make some changes to his starting XI against Crystal Palace due to suspension and also the effects of the Champions League game against Ajax on Tuesday.

Jorginho will be unavailable for selection for the game against Crystal Palace after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season in the win at Watford. N’Golo Kante, who just returned to full fitness, is expected to start against Crystal Palace alongside Mateo Kovacic in central midfield.

Despite conceding four goals against Ajax on Wednesday, Kepa Arrizabalaga should keep his place in goal. Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori should also start in central defence.

Reece James deserves a first Premier League start after his impressive performance against Ajax on Tuesday. James should start at right-back and Cesar Azpilicueta, who impressed at left-back against Ajax, should start at left-back.

Mason Mount picked up an injury against Ajax and he could be available for selection after Lampard claimed it was a minor injury.

Mount has started every Premier League game for Chelsea this season but I think it’s time to give the youngster a rest.

Christian Pulisic should play the No.10 role against Crystal Palace while Callum Hudson-Odoi and Willian play left wing and right wing respectively. Tammy Abraham should start as the No.9.

Preferred starting XI to face Crystal Palace: Kepa, Tomori, Zouma, James, Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Kante, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Abraham.

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