Predicted Chelsea 4-3-3 line-up vs Leicester City: Pulisic and Werner out
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has an almost fully fit squad for Tuesday’s clash against Leicester City but will have big selection decisions to make.
The Chelsea manager confirmed on Monday that N’Golo Kante is the only player who won’t be available for the trip.
He will practically have the same options he had in the Fulham game, with returning Andreas Christensen being the only addition.
Chelsea scraped past the 10-man Fulham side with a 1-0 win. But as many pointed out, including former Blues defender Frank Leboeuf, the performance was far from convincing.
Some of Lampard’s decisions raised a few eyebrows such as dropping the two big summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz and starting Antonio Rudiger ahead of Kurt Zouma.
Lampard argued that he had the Leicester City game when making team decisions against Fulham which suggests a few team changes could be on the cards.
Zouma and Reece James, who should be fully recovered from his hamstring problem, are likely going to return to the defence.
In the midfield, Mason Mount is arguably the only guaranteed starter after man-of-the-match performance at the weekend.
Lampard will have to decide whether he should opt for experience and go with £50m man Jorginho (BBC Sport) and Mateo Kovacic like in the last game or the fresher, younger options in Billy Gilmour and the 21-year-old Havertz.
Big decisions up front
The biggest decisions to make would be up front, since the selections would likely dictate how Chelsea are going to play.
Lampard could go with Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud up top and focus on attacking from the sides with several good crossers at his disposal.
Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi would be the most sensible options on the wings if Chelsea were going to attack from wide.
The other route is to play a more counter-attacking football with Werner up top and Christian Pulisic on the left.
Predicted Chelsea line-up to face Fulham (4-3-3)
James – Zouma – Silva – Chilwell
Havertz – Gilmour – Mount
Ziyech – Abraham – Hudson-Odoi