Predicted line-up against BATE Borisov: Hudson-Odoi to finally get chance?
Despite only drawing against Manchester United on Saturday, the nature of the result means the feel-good factor still surrounds Chelsea.
Ross Barkley’s late equaliser means Maurizio Sarri retains his undefeated start to the season, and keeps them third in the league.
And now Chelsea face a slightly easier test as BATE Borisov arrive at Stamford Bridge in the Europa League.
It’s the first time the Blues will face Belarusian opposition, and they are strong favourites to add to their two wins.
So, with rotation on the cards, let’s look at some of Sarri’s selection headaches:
Hudson-Odoi to replace injured Hazard?
Sarri announced on Wednesday that Eden Hazard will miss today’s game with a slight back injury.
Therefore, in his absence, Hudson-Odoi might finally get his chance.
After a good preseason, fans have been calling for the 17 year-old to play, but opportunities have been hard to come by.
And against weaker opposition, it would be the perfect time to give him a competitive start.
Barkley’s good form earn him a start?
Barkley has had a wonderful time of it lately.
Not only has he scored two goals in two games for Chelsea, but he’s also started two consecutive games for England.
And following his goal against Manchester United, Sarri may hand him another start to try to continue his good form.
Sarri has already said that Jorginho will be rested, as he’s featured heavily in the Premier Leauge.
So, it’ll likely be a midfield comprising of Barkley, Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.