Graham Potter makes two changes for today’s Premier League London derby against Crystal Palace.
From the side Potter selected for his first game in charge, against RB Salzburg back on 14 September, Marc Cucurella is unavailable and Cesar Azpilicueta is moved to the bench.
Ben Chilwell and Wesley Fofana are the players coming into the starting line-up.
With Edou Mendy still recovering from a knee problem, Kepa continues in goal. Mason Mount and Kai Havertz, fresh from their international goals at Wembley on Monday, are both included, as are attackers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling.
Jorginho skippers the side.
Palace make three changes from their draw at Newcastle last time out. Former Chelsea defender Marc Guehi plays.
Chelsea: Kepa; James, Thiago Silva, Fofana, Chilwell, Mount, Jorginho (c), Kovacic, Havertz, Aubameyang, Sterling.
Subs: Bettinelli, Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Koulibaly, Gallagher, Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic, Ziyech, Broja.
Crystal Palace: Guaita; Clyne, Ward (c), Guehi, Mitchell, Eze, Doucoure, Olise, J Ayew, Edouard, Zaha.
Subs: Johnstone, Tomkins, Milivojevic, Hughes, Schlupp, Ebiowei, Mateta, Riedewald, Gordon.
The referee is Chris Kavanagh.
N’Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy are both back in training following hamstring and knee injuries respectively, but this match comes too soon for them to play.
Marc Cucurella and Carney Chukwuemeka are unavailable due to illness.
Crystal Palace are without long-term absentee Nathan Ferguson. Jack Butland and James McArthur. Defender James Tomkins returns from a calf strain.
Graham Potter has given his pre-match verdict on our opponents Crystal Palace, being no stranger to facing the atmosphere at Selhurst Park due to their fierce rivalry with his former club Brighton. He admits he is impressed with the way their manager Patrick Vieira has built on the work of previous boss Roy Hodgson.
‘I love the atmosphere there, it’s a proper football stadium and the supporters get behind the team and make it difficult for the away side, whoever it is,’ he said. ‘So we’re looking forward to that challenge, but the boys are ready, the boys are itching to play, and we can’t wait.’
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