Predicting a Chelsea side since Graham Potter took charge of the club has proved a difficult task.

Whether it’s trying to be unpredictable to opponents, or still searching for his best system, the former Brighton man has not been afraid to experiment in his three games in charge so far.

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Potter mostly utilised a similar formation to what Thomas Tuchel preferred during his time at Chelsea, although of course installed his own spin.

With the chance for a place in the top four on offer this weekend, here’s what the Chelsea Chronicle believe will be the starting XI for this weekend.

GK and Defence

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After another solid performance in the week, £71m signing Kepa Arrizabalaga will continue to hold off a returning Edouard Mendy between the sticks.

Reece James brought out one of his best performances when it mattered most for the Blues on Wednesday against AC Milan, and will no doubt return to the side tomorrow.

Following Wesley Fofana’s unfortunate injury, Trevoh Chalobah will be handed a golden opportunity to prove himself to Potter with a start.

Alongside him will be Kalidou Koulibaly, who after a shaky first few minutes against Milan looked a competent and bustling defender in his first game under the new manager.

Marc Cucurella will return after illness, with his ability to play both as a left-back and a left centre-back crucial for how the side could line up.


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Jorginho will return to the starting line-up after being dropped in the week, with the Blues heading into a game where they will be in charge of possession.

After a great showing against Milan, Potter will repay Ruben Loftus-Cheek with a start again against Wolves, as one of the box-to-box midfielders.

Alongside him, Mason Mount will continue his personal revival under Potter with another start, as he continues to regain his form.


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Kai Havertz will return to the side tomorrow, with him looking far stronger in a role other than central striker for Chelsea.

Down the middle, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will remain in the squad following back-to-back goals against Crystal Palace and Milan.

Raheem Sterling will complete the starting XI, with there being a chance that he may be operated in the wing-back role he played so well in against RB Salzburg.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released