Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is expected to name a heavily rotated line-up for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Krasnodar.
With the top spot in Group E already in the bag, the Chelsea manager might already have the weekend trip to Everton’s Goodison Park in mind.
The match against Krasnodar, however, will still be a good opportunity to give some game time to some players who haven’t featured much this season.
Lampard has confirmed that Kepa Arrizabalaga will start, having played his last game for Chelsea in the 3-3 draw with Southampton in October.
Billy Gilmour, who has recently returned from a knee injury, will also get his first start of the season.
Another heavy rotation in the line-up
Lampard made nine changes for the Sevilla game last week and is expected to go with a similar approach against Krasnodar.
Among those who started against Leeds on Saturday, Kai Havertz is likely to be the only one who might keep his place in the line-up.
Another start could help the Germany international regain his match fitness after a couple of weeks out due to Covid-19.
Mateo Kovacic could also feature if Lampard decided to prepare Havertz for the weekend clash.
Tino Anjorin, who trained with the first-team on Monday, could be an interesting inclusion as a replacement for the injured Hudson-Odoi.
Predicted Chelsea line-up v Krasnodar (4-2-3-1):
Azpilicueta – Christensen – Rudiger – Emerson
Jorginho – Gilmour
Anjorin – Havertz – Pulisic