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Cary Erickson | 09 November, 2019, 17:14

The Blues were excellent in the second half, but manager Frank Lampard will be anxious by his side's defending in the game.

Hodgson takes his Crystal Palace side to Stamford Bridge this weekend to face Lampard and Chelsea in what will be his 300th Premier League game, and the 72-year-old admits he has been unsurprised to see his former players thriving in management.

The Blues played superbly vs Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday coming back from 4-1 down to draw the match 4-4. This left the fans sweating over his fitness considering how vital he has been for the blues this season.

Chelsea need to play it smart with the introduction of Gilmour to the señor squad this season and don't want to throw him into a potentially brutal fixture against Palace too early into his development. It will still come as a relief to the fans though, that the injury is not as serious as it once seemed.

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In the attack, there could be the solitary change from recent games with Callum Hudson-Odoi potentially replacing Mason Mount, who remains doubtful with a slight ankle problem.

Abraham's cool finish broke the deadlock, though, before a simple header from Christian Pulisic made certain of a sixth league win in a row for Frank Lampard's side. However, he will undergo fitness tests to determine how many minutes will he be able to play. It's a conversation that I will have with Gareth (Southgate) or Steve (Holland) with Ross to see how it pans out for him over the next 10 days. "We've been trying to find a solution, Toni's been having some issues, it's not easy for a player in that position, so hopefully we are at that case now and in three weeks we're in a better place".

'Hopefully in three weeks' time we will know more. I'm not sure on that one. "With Mason, he's in the squad, we're giving him another 24 hours and we'll make a call on that one in the morning". You do well to cope without big players'.