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Chelsea’s predicted starting XI for Champions League showdown vs Lille

Frank Lampard is effectively heading into a knockout round clash this evening as Chelsea prepare to welcome Lille to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are currently in 3rd place in Group H but victory over the Ligue 1 outfit will guarantee them a place in the last-16 of the competition.

It’s one of Lampard’s first major challenges since taking the reigns in west London and it will be intriguing to see how his side line up for nerve-jangling occasion.

With that in mind, we’ve tried to predict how the hosts will line up tonight, with two key changes made to the side that lost 3-1 to Everton on Saturday.

One of the biggest changes to the side sees Andreas Christensen drop out the side in place of Antonio Rudiger, who is back in the squad after spending the majority of the season sidelined through injury.

With Lampard describing him as “fit and ready to go”, it would be no surprise if he made his first Champions League appearance of the season this evening in a bid to resolve Chelsea’s recent defensive woes.

Should Rudiger start vs Lille?

Yes - He's ready

Yes - He's ready

No - Not worth the risk

No - Not worth the risk

The only other major change to note is in midfield where Jorginho could come in to replace Mason Mount, whose influence has diminished of late.

And with Mateo Kovacic beginning to prove his attacking prowess in recent weeks, now could be the perfect time to give the Croatian greater license to roam forward alongside N’Golo Kante.

Article title: Chelsea’s predicted starting XI for Champions League showdown vs Lille

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