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How should Chelsea line up against Crystal Palace?

Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea, Premier League: You choose the starting lineup

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A pair of hamstring injuries is not exactly what one hopes to see in the middle of the festive fixture congestion, especially to players playing the same position, but that’s exactly what Chelsea have to deal with at the turn of the year, as both Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi will miss at least one match with the aforementioned ailment. Pedro’s injury is the worse of the two, and he could be out for a couple weeks, even.

Could that force Maurizio Sarri to revert to actually using a proper center forward — both Morata and Giroud should be fit — and put the Eden Hazard False Nine experiment on hold? Possibly. Probably. However, we’ve also seen Ruben Loftus-Cheek used as part of the front three on several occasions and he could conceivably replace Pedro.

Spurs surprisingly losing to Wolves at home, 3-1, has opened the door for Chelsea to close the gap to just two points on third place (assuming City beat Southampton).

Choose wisely.

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