Tuchel makes three changes, £40m star returns and Koulibaly suspended: Chelsea predicted XI vs Leicester

Chelsea are preparing for a really important fixture tomorrow against Leicester City in the Premier League.

Thomas Tuchel’s side were humbled 3-0 away to Leeds United in their previous game, so it’s vitally important they get a response when they host Leicester at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues quickly need to sharpen up after four points from their opening three Premier League games.

Meanwhile, opponents Leicester have had an even tougher start with just one point from their three league matches.

The Chelsea Chronicle is predicting Tuchel will make three changes at the weekend to the Blues side that were beaten by Leeds.

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GK and defence

Despite a big mistake against Leeds, expect Chelsea’s number one goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to continue in-between the sticks against Leicester.

Thiago Silva also retains his position in this predicted line-up as an ever-present at the heart of a back three.

He could have Marc Cucurella on his left, who gets another start but shows his versatility by dropping from wing-back to the left-sided centre-back.

Meanwhile, the first of three changes could see Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta replace Kalidou Koulibaly, who’s suspended after he was sent off against Leeds.

Midfield

Chelsea fans could get to see a wing-back pairing on the weekend that they’ve waited to see back in action together.

Reece James remains in the predicted XI, but shifts up the pitch to a right wing-back spot after filling in well at centre-back in the early parts of the season.

The second alteration by Tuchel could see Ben Chilwell return to the starting team as the left wing-back. This would see versatile player Ruben Loftus-Cheek dropping down to the bench, though.

Finally, the midfield pivot could see Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic paired together. Jorginho may be selected again this weekend, but the third predicted change is Kovacic to come in for Conor Gallagher.

Kovacic, a £40million central midfielder, has confirmed he is back from injury and ready to play again.

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Attack

We are predicting Tuchel will boldly stick with the same front three again of Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz, who are each yet to score in the Premier League this season.

However, it looks like Chelsea’s manager is showing real faith in this trio to try click together.

If anybody, Christian Pulisic should be the Blues attacker banging the door loudest wanting a recall to the XI.

Predicted Chelsea line-up

Mendy
Azpilicueta Silva Cucurella
James Jorginho Kovacic Chilwell
Mount Sterling Havertz

IN: Cesar Azpilicueta, Ben Chilwell, Mateo Kovacic
OUT: Kalidou Koulibaly, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Conor Gallagher

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