TEAM NEWS: Fit-again Hazard starts for Chelsea

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The inspirational Belgian has recovered from injury and returns for the Blues who are at near full-strength for the visit of an in-form Eagles side

Eden Hazard has been passed fit to start Chelsea's clash with Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge with Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa also in the starting line-up.

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The 26-year-old missed Belgium's games against Greece and Russia due to a calf problem but is back in action as Antonio Conte's side return to Premier League matters.

Thibaut Courtois and Costa were also doubts for the game against Sam Allardyce's side but all feature although Victor Moses missed out due to injury and Willian has to make do with a place on the bench.

Chelsea return to action knowing they are just seven wins away from being crowned champions but face a resurgent Eagles side that have won their last three games in a row.

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Pedro, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Fabregas, Diego Costa, Hazard.

Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Terry, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi.

Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Schlupp; Milivojevic, Cabaye; Puncheon, Zaha, Townsend; Benteke.

Subs: Speroni, Dann, Delaney, Kelly, Ledley, Kaikai, Sako.

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