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Diego Costa & Fabregas return for Chelsea

the Spanish duo have both made Guus Hiddink’s starting line-up to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, with Pedro and Nemanja Matic the players who drop to the bench

Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas return to the Chelsea starting XI for Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace, as the Blues looking to continue their recent unbeaten streak.

Guus Hiddink was forced to play without a recognised striker against Manchester United last time out, with Costa suspended and Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao both injured, but a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford meant the club went three games unbeaten since Jose Mourinho was axed.

Costa starts up top at Selhurst Park, with Pedro the man to make way, while Fabregas is restored to the midfield after missing the match against United, with Nemanja Matic dropped.

Unfortunately for Chelsea, Gary Cahill has been unable to shake off an ankle injury and is not even fit enough for a place on the bench, with Kurt Zouma partnering John Terry in the heart of the defence.

Crystal Palace, meanwhile, are without key man Yohan Cabaye, who is serving a suspension, with James McArthur and Mile Jedinak lining up in midfield, while Fraizer Campbell starts up front ahead of Marouane Chamakh.

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