Chelsea host Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League and it’s an important game just before the international break.

Frank Lampard’s side have a chance to really consolidate their position in the Champions League spots, as they currently sit fourth in the table with a six point cushion over Arsenal in fifth.

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The Blues beat Palace home and away last season in the league meetings, but there is not a chance they will be taken lightly.

Roy Hodgson’s side are specialists away from home and could thrive at Stamford Bridge, while they currently sit ninth in the table after a decent start to the campaign.

Chelsea are looking extremely light in the centre of the park going into the fixture and Lampard will have big decisions to make.

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Jorginho is suspended against Palace and his absence could massively impact the team.

Meanwhile, the Sun reports Blues pair Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley will remain out injured, while Mason Mount could have a late fitness test on an ankle problem.

Chelsea novice Billy Gilmour is someone that has been around the first-team squad this season and is an upcoming talent that may have a colossal future ahead of him.

The 18-year-old central midfielder has featured in match day squads recently, while earning his first three senior appearances this campaign in games against Grimsby Town (cup), Sheffield United (league) and Manchester United (cup).

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It looks like he may be required again by Lampard in the 18-man squad at the weekend, but throwing him into the starting XI should only be a last resort.

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.

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.

Gilmour impressed at times during 90 minutes against Manchester United, but playing in a cup fixture compared to a league one is a different intensity altogether.

There is a temptation to see what the deep-lying playmaker can do and he’s shown attributes in the same mould as Jorginho, but for now he’s improving by training in the squad and featuring in cup games.

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