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How should Chelsea line up against Crystal Palace to begin the final push towards the Premier League title?

The international break is over; now back to proper football!

Stoke City v Chelsea - Premier League Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images

There are ten games left in the 2016-17 Premier League season and Chelsea have a ten point lead at the top of the table over Spurs and a twelve point lead over third-placed Manchester City. In short, the title is ours to lose.

Seven wins out of the final ten games guarantee that title, and while that assumes that Spurs win out (which they are not likely to do), there is little reason to relax just yet, especially in home games against non-top six opposition. Chelsea’s near perfect record against such teams so far this season has been a major advantage over all other top four contenders.

While the idea over the just finished international break was to get the squad fully rested and healthy, there are several injury concerns to keep track of as we head into the weekend. Both David Luiz (knee) and Eden Hazard (calf) were left out of international duty to recuperate, while Thibaut Courtois (hip) and Diego Costa (ankle) suffered new injuries during their time with their respective national teams. All four could be ready to go (should be ready to go?), but with another game coming hot on the heels of this one, Wednesday against Manchester City, perhaps a bit of caution will be advisable.

Choose wisely.

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