After barely a few hours to take a collective breath, Chelsea are back in action on Tuesday, trudging across London once again, this time to Crystal Palace. Unlike previous matchdays however, Chelsea are up first from among those vying for the top-six, so here’s our chance to exert a bit of pressure on our closest rivals rather than the other way around.
Other than the congested schedule, Chelsea will have to deal with a couple injuries in this one, with neither Mateo Kovačić (Achilles) nor N’Golo Kanté (hamstring) expected to be available, reducing Lampard’s midfield options. Kanté had played every single minute of every game since the restart prior to picking up his injury late on in Saturday's game. FikayoTomori, who’s not been unavailable for any of the games since the Restart, probably still won’t be ready yet either.
On the plus side, Callum Hudson-Odoi made his return from the bench over the weekend, while Lampard has assured everyone that the person often seen in a Jorginho shirt is still actually Jorginho, just with a beard and more hair. Could he get some minutes finally given the other injuries?