Crystal Palace - Premier League - 9 November 2019

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Favourable results this weekend could even see Chelsea move into second spot, something even the most ardent of Blues supporters may have thought impossible four months ago. It will still come as a relief to the fans though, that the injury is not as serious as it once seemed.

If Mount is not fit, Ross Barkley could be an option, who is also set to return.

The Scottish teenager could be useful legs late on as a late cameo to replace the returning N'Golo Kante, but starting him would be too risky despite the chance he could step up to the top-flight and make an impact.

The former England centre-back was frozen out of the Blues squad by now ex-Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri and was then not offered a new contract, which meant his deal expired in the summer.

Willian captains the side in Azpilicueta's absence.

Palace lost their last Premier League game 2-0 at Selhurst Park.

However, Palace are among the candidates to become this season's surprise package and, despite no win in three games, sit ninth in the table ahead of both Man Utd and Spurs.

Judging by Lampard's comments, it looks as if Mount might not be risked against Crystal Palace and will instead start on the bench.

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As such, speaking in his pre-match press conference this evening, Frank Lampard was asked for an update on Mount, as well as some of his other sidelined stars.

"Everyone at the club deserves a pat on the back for that".

"I would probably say out of the Premier League games we played in October, the one away against Burnley was the highlight because of the way we were so dominant in our performance and Burnley is a very tough place to go".

"When he [Lampard] and Steven Gerrard went into management I had no doubt that they would succeed".

Those kind words will count for nothing when the whistle blows on Saturday afternoon however with bragging rights at stake during a feisty London derby at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea will head into proceedings amid a fine run of league form.



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