How Chelsea could line up v Tottenham: Mount rested; Werner gets another chance on the left?
Frank Lampard could give two signings their first starts for Chelsea, in the Carabao Cup fourth-round tie against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday.
The 3-3 comeback draw against West Brom on Saturday was an inspiring display from Chelsea’s young team but was a disappointing result nonetheless.
The Blues certainly want to bounce back with a win as they face consecutive London derbies this week.
After making the trip to north London to play Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea host Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.
Lampard has confirmed Edouard Mendy and Ben Chilwell will be in contention for the game, although he ruled out Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic as they are still in the recovery stage from knee and hamstring injuries respectively.
The wingers’ injuries mean Lampard has had to rely on Mason Mount and Kai Havertz as primary attacking options, particularly the former who has played every minute this season.
Should Havertz stay in his favourite number 10 position, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi or even Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be options if Lampard plans to give Mount a rest.
This could also be an opportunity to test Werner in the left-winger role again, despite his poor performance in that position against West Brom.
The Germany international is still searching for his first competitive Chelsea goal, although he scored in the pre-season friendly at Brighton in August.
Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1):
Azpilicueta/James – Tomori/Rudiger – Zouma/Silva – Chilwell/Emerson
Kante – Jorginho/Kovacic
Hudson-Odoi/Mount – Havertz/Loftus-Cheek – Werner