The day's off to a bit of an indifferent start, with the under-18s losing at Brighton and the under-21s managing only a draw at home against Fulham, giving up a two-goal lead in the process. Now it's the big boys' turn. (Not in giving up a two-goal lead, hopefully.)
Selhurst Park: Crystal Palace v Chelsea kicks off in 1hr 20mins. pic.twitter.com/AV0fxJZlkI— Dan Levene (@BluesChronicle) October 18, 2014
Looks a bit dreary and ominous... and the pre-match rumor is that Diego Costa is nowhere to be seen.
Crystal Palace starting lineup (4-5-1):
Julian Speroni | Joel Ward, Damien Delaney, Brede Hangeland, Martin Kelly | Yannick Bolasie, Mile Jedinak, James McArthur, Joe Ledley, Jason Puncheon | Fraizer Campbell
Substitutes from: Adrian Mariappa, Adlène Guedioura, Kevin Doyle, Wilfried Zaha, Wayne Hennessey, Dwight Gayle, Maroune Chamakh
Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Thibaut Courtois | César Azpilicueta, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanović | Nemanja Matić, Cesc Fàbregas | Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian | Loïc Rémy
Substitutes from: Petr Čech, Kurt Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Mohamed Salah, Didier Drogba, Dominic Solanke
And the rumors are confirmed: no Diego Costa; otherwise it's the usual early-season first-choice lineup out there. Fresh off his international goal, it's Rémy who gets the start up top, with Drogba and young Solanke backing him up. The only other attacking option on the bench is Salah.
UP THE BLUES!
So John Terry starts as captain for the 500th time today #CFC pic.twitter.com/UMJTIiuWa7— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) October 18, 2014