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Chelsea predicted XI v Crystal Palace

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Chelsea return to Premier League action following the international break on Saturday, with Jose Mourinho's side looking to keep their unbeaten start to the 2014/15 campaign alive with a trip to face Crystal Palace.

The Blues came unstuck at Selhurst Park last season, of course, after an unfortunate own goal from John Terry and some superb defending saw the Eagles - then managed by Tony Pulis - grind out a valuable 1-0 win in front of their typically fanatical home support.

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Team news

Mourinho will be expecting to secure a far better result this time around with his team - spearheaded by the fantastic trio of Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa - in such impressive form.

In terms of team news for the visitors, Mourinho could well be without the services of Andre Schurrle after the 2014 World Cup winner was forced to miss Germany's disappointing 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday due to illness.

Double boost

Ramires and Didier Drogba have both returned to training this week following groin and knee problems, although it remains to be seen if either will be risked with Chelsea facing a rather congested fixture list over the next few weeks.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is expected to start between the posts having sufficiently recovered from the head injury sustained during an accidental collision with Alexis Sanchez during the Blues' comfortable 2-0 win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

Concerns were abound that Costa could risk aggravating a persistent hamstring niggle on international duty, but he appears to have come through the recent Euro 2016 qualifiers with no additional problems.

Hazard should also be fit for selection after recovering from a toe injury in time to start for Belgium against Bosnia in midweek.

Predicted Chelsea XI to face Crystal Palace

Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Oscar, Willian, Hazard; Costa.

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