26-year-old has to fill in at full-back as Potter makes changes - Predicted Chelsea XI for Brentford tomorrow

Graham Potter is going to be forced to think again as he looks to work around injuries ahead of tomorrow night’s London derby with Brentford.

The defence will be high on the agenda to sort out, after they conceded a number of good chances despite the clean sheet on Sunday.

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Nevertheless, victory at Villa Park made it five wins in a row under the new manager, and he’ll be keen to keep that run going in the capital tomorrow.

Here’s who The Chelsea Chronicle think Potter will start for tomorrow’s fixture.

GK and Defence

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Sunday saw Kepa Arrizabalaga pull out arguably his best display in a Chelsea shirt as he made some incredible saves against Aston Villa. That fine performance will see him start again tomorrow.

A number of players were used on the right of a back five at the weekend, to mixed levels of success. Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be trusted in the role tomorrow.

Cesar Azpilicueta will offer the defensive cover required for the midfielder at wing-back, with defensive options beginning to look bare.

With Thiago Silva struggling at the end on Sunday, he will be rested tomorrow, seeing Trevoh Chalobah fill in the middle of a back three.

Kalidou Koulibaly will return to the starting side after the two left-back experiment failed to work on Sunday.

Ben Chilwell will start on the left, although will need to perform better if he is to continue to hold off Marc Cucurella for the role.


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Jorginho will continue in the midfield, as the Blues look to dominate possession for large portions of the game.

Alongside him, Conor Gallagher will look to take his latest chance in midfield, with him in the process of turning his season around.


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Mason Mount is looking irreplaceable for the Blues right now, and he will continue to star in the front three.

Kai Havertz will be given another chance down the middle, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needing to see his minutes managed.

Despite a tough run of form, Raheem Sterling will be trusted with a start in attack, after the wing-back experiment failed on Sunday.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.