Predicted Chelsea line-up v Wolves: Tuchel makes four changes with £30m star returning

Chelsea currently have all eyes on tomorrow’s Premier League fixture away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Blues travel to Molineux on Sunday to face Wolves in a league match that looks a tough assignment on paper.

Bruno Lage’s Wolves sit eighth place with the fourth best defence in the league and were recently only beaten by the division’s top two by 1-0 scorelines.

Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea are going through a tough period where they’ve drifted into third place due to some inconsistent results, including the 1-1 draw at home to Everton this week.

The Chelsea Chronicle has predicted the starting line-up that Tuchel may select at the weekend against Wolves, with four changes from the draw to Everton.

It was revealed yesterday that Mateo Kovacic and Kai Havertz are back available for selection. However, Jorginho and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are potential injury doubts.

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Silva rested in one change to Chelsea defence

Of course, any predicted Chelsea XI wouldn’t make much sense without Edouard Mendy in goal and Antonio Rudiger as the left-sided centre-back in the back three.

The first of four changes may see veteran defender Thiago Silva rested and given a game off during a hectic fixture schedule, something Tuchel’s done already during parts of the season. Blues teammate Andreas Christensen is the most likely replacement with a recall to the team, too.

Finally, club captain Cesar Azpilicueta remains in the line-up.

New-look Blues midfield

Reece James and Marcos Alonso seem a good bet to start once again in the wing-back positions. However, don’t be surprised to see a late cameo from Saul Niguez in place of Alonso during the second half in an attempt to keep the squad fresh.

The injury news on central midfielders Jorginho and Loftus-Cheek means fans could see a new combination.

£30million talisman N’Golo Kante, an unused substitute against Everton, may get an hour in his legs by returning after an injury layout.

Kovacic is available again after an even longer injury absence, so surely it would be too big a risk to start him next to Kante in the centre of the park. Instead, versatile youngster Trevoh Chalobah may be a candidate to start in the midfield, something the defender has shown he can do this season.

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One change to attack

Mason Mount, who’s scored in four consecutive Premier League matches, will surely get the opportunity to try extend that fantastic run.

In addition, Hakim Ziyech could keep his attacking position where he’s showing glimpses of his ability.

The fourth and final change may see Christian Pulisic drop out, though.

Kai Havertz is back after his recent illness and he’s looked the best option as the centre-forward in recent times. The German will surely return to the XI to lead the line.

Predicted line-up

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Azpilicueta Christensen Rudiger

James Chalobah Kante Alonso

Ziyech Havertz Mount

IN: Christensen, Chalobah, Kante, Havertz

OUT: Silva, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic

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