• Chelsea v Crystal Palace, Premier League

Torres returns as Chelsea look to right league form

ESPN staff
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Fernando Torres returns to lead the Chelsea attack following Demba Ba's scoring start in the Champions League in midweek, as Jose Mourinho's men look to regain form in the Premier League.

Ashley Cole has to settle for a place on the bench as Cesar Azpilicueta comes in at full-back, while Juan Mata and Michael Essien replace Frank Lampard and Oscar from the XI that defeated Steaua Bucharest on Wednesday evening at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Azpilicueta, Essien, Ramires, Willian, Mata, Hazard, Torres

Substitutes: Schwarzer, Cole, Lampard, Oscar, Schurrle, Ba, Eto'o

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Delaney, Gabbidon, Ward, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Bannan, Puncheon, Chamakh, Jerome.

Substitutes: Price, Parr, O'Keefe, Williams, Gayle, Kebe, Bolasie

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