Although they probably didn’t deserve it, Chelsea somehow remained unbeaten as they squeaked past Derby County in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
Maurizio Sarri’s side will host Bournemouth in the next round, but welcome Crystal Palace to the Bridge this weekend.
The Eagles are coming off their own EFL Cup exploits, as they lost 1-0 away at Middlesborough.
And with both teams likely to change their line-ups from midweek, let’s look at some of Sarri’s selection decisions:
Ross Barkley to become regular starter?
Sarri rested Barkley on Wednesday, with Mateo Kovacic getting the start instead.
This suggests the former Everton man is going to get a run in the first team ahead of the Croatian.
And Barkley’s form deserves this, as in the last three games, he’s scored three times and got three assists.
He’ll likely return to the starting line-up alongside Jorginho who was also rested during the week.
Eden Hazard to play some role despite not being fully fit?
Hazard picked up a knock in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United and has missed playing time ever since.
He missed out on their trip to Burnley and Frank Lampard’s return to Stamford Bridge, although Sarri thinks Hazard will feature on Sunday.
It may only be 60 minutes, but having him back could mean Chelsea return to full strength.
And with Alvaro Morata’s recent uptick in form, Chelsea look very threatening going forward with Hazard back in the side.