LONDON, Sporting Alert – Eden Hazard returns to the starting lineup for Chelsea for today’s English Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.
Hazard missed the Blues’ 1-0 win at Sunderland in midweek with a minor injury but the Belgian forward is back for today’s clash at Selhurst Park.
He returns in place of Pedro and will link up with Willian and Diego Costa in the Chelsea attack as manager Antonio Conte makes two changes to the side that won away the last time.
The other adjustment is the return of midfielder Nemanja Matic, who comes in to replace Cesc Fabregas, who netted the lone goal against the Black Cats.
Crystal Palace also make two changes from the side that was defeated by Manchester United in midweek.
Midfielders Jason Puncheon and Joe Ledley in for injured Mathieu Flamini and for Chung-yong Lee.
Christian Benteke, who has scored in four of his last six Premier League games against Chelsea, will again lead the attack with Wilfried Zaha to offer pace from the wing.
Chelsea are aiming to win an 11th straight English Premier League game this season.
The Blues have won 10 straight games in the English Premier League for the third time in club history and Hazard and Co. are targeting the record of 14 straight by Arsenal.
Meanwhile, according to Opta Stats, Chelsea have won five of their last six head-to-head Premier League meeting away to Crystal Palace and have kept clean sheets in four of those outings.
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Kelly, Dann, Delaney, Ward, McArthur, Ledley, Zaha, Cabaye, Puncheon, Christian Benteke. Subs: Speroni, Campbell, Townsend, Lee, Fryers, Mutch, Husin
Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Willian, Costa, Hazard. Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Fabregas, Zouma, Pedro, Batshuayi, Chalobah
Referee: Jon Moss