Frank Lampard is set to take charge of his first game in charge of his second spell on Saturday as Chelsea travel to Wolves.
With all the talk regarding off-the-pitch matters, it’s perhaps forgotten that the Blues are back in Premier League action just four days after a dull 0-0 draw with Liverpool.
It will be interesting to see how many changes he makes to the side normally utilised by Graham Potter before he was sacked.
Here’s the Chelsea Chronicle’s predicted line-up for the trip to Molineux.
GK and Defence
It’s well-documented that Lampard was not the biggest fan of Kepa Arrizabalaga. So, it could be a first start of the year for his £22m signing Edouard Mendy.
Wesley Fofana has proven to be the dominant figure at the back since returning from injury, and he will continue in a back three tomorrow.
The centre role will be maintained by Kalidou Koulibaly, although supporters will be counting down the days until Thiago Silva is back.
On the left, Benoit Badiashile will come back into the team after an undeserved spell on the sidelines.
Reece James broke through under Lampard, and will continue in an attacking right wing-back role.
Enzo Fernandez will of course start. The club-record signing has been phenomenal since coming to the club.
He will be partnered by N’golo Kante, who showed his class in the draw against Liverpool.
On the left, it will be Ben Chilwell looking to continue his promising return to the team since his injury before the World Cup.
Raheem Sterling will come back into the side on the right of attack, as we think the new manager will refer back to a front three.
Joao Felix will operate in the free role of the attack, with him sill looking a nightmare to play against until the decision making in the final third.
Down the middle, Kai Havertz will continue despite much to be said about his poor display against Liverpool.