Chelsea face Liverpool on Sunday as they aim keep up in the race for the top four. Against the league leaders, they will have their work out if they are to get a positive result.
The Blues come into this one on the back of a 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge against Valencia in the Champions League and they will need to improve if they are to record a positive result against the Reds.
At the moment, Frank Lampard is struggling to field a settled starting XI due to the number of injuries his side have suffered – the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount and Emerson Palmieri could all potentially miss out among others. Here, we try to predict his line-up to face the Merseyside outfit.
In goal, at least Lampard has nothing to worry about. Kepa, as he has done in each and every game this term, will start.
Although a backline of four was preferred at the start of the season, recent injuries have led to the manager moving to a 3-4-2-1 – or 3-4-3, if you feel that way inclined – to combat those losses. Against Liverpool, it will be a similar issue, and the Reds’ attacking threat means that an extra centre-back would not go amiss.
Antonio Rudiger started against Wolves, but came off due to injury, so Kurt Zouma should come back into the side to take his place. The rest of the defence remains unchanged.
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Jorginho has been an ever-present member of Lampard’s side this term, and it should be no different this weekend. It appears that N’Golo Kante is at least in contention to start. Lampard has confirmed that he is back in training ahead of the game and if he has proved his fitness, he will be in the team.
The former Derby County boss has indicated that Mount has a chance of featuring despite the knock he picked up against Valencia. However, the Blues will need everybody at their best and, although the 20-year-old is a vital member of the side, it would be a gamble to use him.
Pedro replaced him on Tuesday, and struggled to have an impact on the game. That, therefore, could see the return of Christian Pulisic, who has been on the bench for the last two matches. Willian should keep his place.
Much like the goalkeeper, the striker position chooses itself. Although he may not have scored in midweek, Tammy Abraham has still bagged seven in his last three Premier League matches. As he continues to look more and more like Chelsea’s first-choice forward, he should lead the line once again.