Pulisic scores again but hurts hip in Chelsea win vs. Palace

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Roy Hodgson's team has been competitive against every team it's faced this season and believes it has enough firepower to pull off the upset against a vulnerable Chelsea defense that just conceded four goals to Ajax.

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Goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic gave the Blues a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea manager singled out 19-year-old Reece James for praise following an assured league debut.

Ross Barkley is also close to a return from injury but the England global is still not a 100 per cent fit meaning Mateo Kovacic will be partnered by N'Golo Kante in central midfield vs the Eagles.

That goal also made Abraham the second youngest player in Chelsea history to reach double figures in the Premier League.

Antonio Rudiger has been ruled out for at least another three weeks due to an on-going groin injury while Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains on the sidelines with a serious Achilles problem.

Andreas Christensen returned to the Chelsea squad for the Ajax game, but did not make it to the pitch for the Champions League tie. I got as much joy out of Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori's performances in defence, and the midfielders shielding in front of them, as I did our attacking play'.

In between, the lively Pulisic also saw an effort well smothered by Guaita after a classy run while Reece James, who was preferred at right-back to the dropped Cesar Azpilicueta, sent in several risky crosses. Emerson, who returned to the team last weekend, could replace Alonso at left-back.

He said at the final whistle: "It was very odd to come back here".

Mason Mount is a doubt, while Jorginho is out due to suspension.

If Mount can not make himself fit in time then it will be one of the forward who is likely to play in the attacking midfielder's role. Mateo Kovacic was the architect, brushing off a couple of challenges in a congested midfield before finding Willian with a clever reverse pass.

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