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Chelsea predicted starting XI v Crystal Palace

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Oscar set to keep Mata out of the team (©GettyImages)
Oscar set to keep Mata out of the team (©GettyImages).

Chelsea will be desperate to bounce back in the Premier League tomorrow as they host strugglers Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. 

Jose Mourinho's side were beaten by Stoke City last weekend and will be hoping to put things right against Tony Pulis' side. 

The Blues boss would have been satisfied after his team beat Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League in midweek, however he could still make a number of changes for the clash with Palace. 

One man that could keep his place is England international Ashley Cole. The full-back put in a solid performance in midweek and will be hoping he has done enough to keep his place in the starting XI. 

Terry, who started against Bucharest, should again lead the side. However Chelsea's skipper may be joined with Gary Cahill - and not David Luiz - in the heart of defence. 

After a full 90 minutes in midweek, Frank Lampard may take a back seat for tomorrow's clash, with Ramires and John Obi Mikel expected to get the nod in central-midfield. 

In the forward ranks, Mourinho may turn to Fernando Torres to lead the front line, with the trio of Oscar, Andre Schurrle and Eden Hazard all operating behind the Spanish international. 

This will mean the likes of Juan Mata and Willian will have to settle for a place on the bench against the team currently placed 19th in the table. 

Chelsea will move up to second with a victory, whilst Palace could move out of the relegation places with a result at the Bridge. 

Mourinho will be hoping to see his side put on a fine performance in-front of the Blues faithful against Palace in the 3pm kick-off. 

Chelsea predicted XI: Cech, Cole, Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic, Ramires, Mikel, Oscar, Schurrle, Hazard, Torres

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