Chelsea Predicted XI: We predict Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI as Chelsea travel to Crystal Palace in the Premier League


Midfielders

Kovacic looks destined to start.

Tuchel has been forced to tinker with his selection since the international break, with a number of his players picking up niggles here and there.  Jorginho didn’t go with Italy after picking up a knee problem before the break and that has allowed him to look much fresher than most. Mateo Kovacic was excellent in midweek and we expect him to retain his place alongside the imperious Mason Mount who was once again amongst the goals.

Forwards:

Tammy Abraham is back in training.

Much has been made of Timo Werner’s problems in front of goal recently, and we believe Tuchel will take the Germany international out of the side in favour of Olivier Giroud. This will leave the somewhat inconsistent Hakim Ziyech the task of getting in and around the France international and causing problems for the Palace defence.

Predicted Chelsea XI vs West Brom: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, James, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount,  Ziyech, Giroud.

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