Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi return, but Timo Werner drops down to the bench, as Chelsea prepare to take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Thomas Tuchel has made three changes to the side that started in the 2-0 win over FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League, as Chelsea get set to lock horns with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. There are no changes in goal, as expected, as Edouard Mendy starts ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga again.

The first change comes in defence, with Kurt Zouma coming in for Andreas Christensen in the three-man central defensive unit. The Frenchman has Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta for company in the defensive line. Another shuffle comes in the form of Callum Hudson-Odoi’s return.

Hudson-Odoi replaces Reece James as the right wing-back, with Ben Chilwell continuing on the left flank ahead of Marcos Alonso. In the centre of the pitch, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic are retained as the double pivot, with N’Golo Kante evidently being eased in.

The third and final change comes in attack, with Timo Werner dropping out of the side as Christian Pulisic returns to partner Mason Mount and Kai Havertz. Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud are attacking options on the bench for Tuchel.

Chelsea Starting Lineup: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Chilwell, Pulisic, Havertz, Mount

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