Predicted Chelsea line-up against Fulham: Gary Cahill to get first Premier League start?
Despite losing only their first game of the season last weekend, there has been a lot of hysteria around Chelsea this week.
Much of that surrounded David Luiz’s woeful performance and N’Golo Kante’s ineffectiveness against Spurs.
But Chelsea dispelled much of that criticism with an emphatic 4-0 victory over PAOK on Thursday.
And the Blues will be welcomed back to the Premier League by a familiar face in the form of new Fulham boss, Claudio Ranieri.
Ranieri was appointed as Fulham’s new manager during the international break and won his first game in charge.
So, let’s have a look at some of Maurizio Sarri’s selection decisions for this West London Derby:
Cahill to replace struggling Luiz?
David Luiz put in one of the worst performances from a defender last weekend we have seen all year.
And Luiz has looked suspect defensively this season, but remains in the starting line-up to many fans’ ire.
In contrast, Gary Cahill looked dominant against an admittedly poor looking PAOK side in the Europa League.
Despite not starting a Premier League game this season, Cahill could see his first action this weekend.
Hazard to return from injury?
Although he had an excellent start to the season, Eden Hazard has not scored in his last nine appearances.
Sarri has said that Hazard’s dip in form has come as a result of a lack of training due to his recent injuries.
He should be back from missing their game midweek game, and could see Olivier Giroud join him.
Elsewhere, Callum Hudson-Odoi’s performance on Thursday may have done enough to earn him a spot on the bench.