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Chelsea v Crystal Palace: Premier League – live!

There is another start for Ross Barkley, the midfielder transformed under Maurizio Sarri. After scoring in each of his last three appearances, Barkley has been undroppable of late, though was rested for the Carabao Cup win over Derby County in midweek. Roy Hodgson, the Crystal Palace manager who handed Barkley his maiden England cap five years ago, admits the former Everton midfielder has unlocked some of his undoubted potential:

Ross is showing everything we thought he could and should be. He was unlucky with his injury, which set him back when he got to Chelsea, but he has done exceptionally well to battle through that. He certainly looks a lot fitter than the last time he was working with England. When he came to us [in 2016], he did realise he wasn’t as fit as he should be and, to get a place in that 2016 squad, he really worked unbelievably hard to get his weight down and his body back into the right shape. He hadn’t been playing a lot of regular football at that time. But Barkley was one of many talents that came into the England team a few years ago and a player who, if he can get a run of games and keep himself fit, has everything you are looking for in a midfield player. I’m very pleased for him.

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In Manchester, it has already turned into a non-event:

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