Chelsea’s predicted starting XI to face Southampton

It seems that Frank Lampard is beginning to get some recognition for the way he has implemented his philosophy at Chelsea.

The former Derby County boss has been nominated for the Premier League September Manager of the Month award along with Jurgen Klopp, Eddie Howe and Brendan Rogers.

The Blues played three matches during the month, winning two and losing one.

It was arguably the defeat against Liverpool, the European champions, that was the most impressive as the Stamford Bridge outfit’s relatively inexperienced team made the Reds work very hard for their three points.

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On Sunday, the south-west London side will face Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium as they look for a fourth successive win in all competitions. Here, we try and predict their starting XI.

No prizes for guessing who will be between the sticks. It’s Kepa Arrizabalaga once again as he looks for a second Premier League clean sheet in a row.

The defence should see a change, with Lampard likely to revert back to a 4-2-3-1 formation following the 3-4-2-1 he deployed against Lille on Wednesday in the Champions League.

That should see Reece James drop back to the bench after his second-ever start for the club, with Andreas Christensen coming in to replace him.

The Denmark international, therefore, would move into his favoured centre-back position alongside Fikayo Tomori, who was recently called up to the England squad for the first time.

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N’Golo Kante’s condition is going to be checked over the next 24-48 hours, says Frank Lampard.

It was probably a risk to play him in France in midweek, but that was a game from which Chelsea required all three points. Whilst another triumph against the Saints would not go amiss, it would be a wise decision to allow him to rest, especially considering he has been selected for Les Bleus too.

As such, Ross Barkley should come back into the side alongside Jorginho, who was confirmed as the team’s vice-captain on Friday.

It has been a difficult start to life with the Blues for Christian Pulisic. In the team’s last six fixtures, he has featured just once against Grimsby Town in the League Cup.

Surely it is about time he got a run-out, especially considering how fresh he will be. Mason Mount has no such worries and will continue in the attacking midfield position. On the opposite wing to the USA international, Callum Hudson-Odoi could make his first league start of the campaign.

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Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham

Reece James

Reece James

Fikayo Tomori

Fikayo Tomori

Mason Mount

Mason Mount

Tammy Abraham will lead the line. He ended a spell of three games by netting against Les Dogues, and will be hoping to score again in the last game before the international break.

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