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Hakim Ziyech debut, Timo Werner getting off the mark and big Chelsea defence decision

Chelsea are back in Premier League action this afternoon as they host Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are in good shape coming out of the international break, however they will be missing Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva for the game.

Frank Lampard’s side hammered Crystal Palace 4-0 in their last league match before the internationals, and will be hoping to pick up that form.

But what are the big talking points going into the game?

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Getting Werner off the mark

Timo Werner has looked bright for Chelsea in his appearances so far, however he is yet to get off the mark in the Premier League.

With two penalties against Crystal Palace, it should have been the perfect chance to give him the ball and so that he could score his maiden league goal.

However, it was Jorginho who took both spot-kicks, finishing with a brace while Tammy Abraham and Werner had to watch on.

Werner will be desperate to end that run today and score his first Premier League goal, and it could depend on where he starts.

Lampard has used him on the left in the last three league matches, but if he starts through the middle then he might get the chances to put away more often.

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The Kepa and Caballero debate

Lampard confirmed on Friday that Edouard Mendy will not be fit due to the thigh injury he picked up on international duty.

The question will be whether the Blues boss puts Kepa Arrizabalaga in, or if he moves Willy Caballero back into the starting XI.

The latter replaced the world’s most expensive goalkeeper for the West Brom match, the last match before Mendy arrived.

While he conceded three, none were really his fault and so it would be more fair if he was to come in again.

However, the debate will be over how much Lampard really trusts Kepa to put the mistakes behind him.

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