It’s an early kick-off for the Blues as we journey to tackle Leeds United this Saturday lunchtime. After a convincing 2-0 victory in opposition to Everton, Chelsea will hope to proceed their unbeaten run underneath Thomas Tuchel with one other victory in opposition to the Peacocks.
Tuchel confirmed in his press convention that each Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham are unavailable for the journey to Elland Highway. The pair each pulled out of coaching this week and can want a while to get well. Silva’s harm is described as extra of a setback in his restoration course of, whereas Tammy continues to be coping with some discomfort in his ankle.
Each match within the Premier League is tough, however Chelsea has simply come by arguably their hardest run of fixtures this season. The Blues can take confidence from the way in which they dealt with this latest run of video games, however they should hold their focus for the rest of the season.
Towards Leeds, Edouard Mendy will stay within the internet. The Senegalese shot-stopper stored his professionalism in a comparatively undemanding match in opposition to Everton, conserving his focus all through.
In defence, Antonio Rudiger will return within the place of Kurt Zouma. The German defender has been in high type, and we will solely assume he was disregarded of the Everton recreation because of fatigue. Accompanying him might be Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta. The pair have additionally been taking part in very nicely, and all-together, this again three appears to be the one outfield place(s) that Tuchel appears utterly sure with.
Ben Chilwell and Reece James will occupy the left and proper wing-back positions. A relaxation for Callum Hudson-Odoi could possibly be on the playing cards with a match in opposition to Atletico Madrid simply across the nook. Likewise with Marcos Alonso, who performed the complete ninety-minutes in opposition to Everton.
In the midst of the park, we’ve got N’Golo Kante and Jorginho. Sure, Jorginho performed the complete ninety-minutes in opposition to Everton, however the Italian is suspended for our upcoming match in opposition to Atletico Madrid. Taking part in Jorginho on this match would permit for Tuchel to relaxation Kovacic earlier than he performs nearly all of our subsequent match. Sadly for N’Golo Kante, he should hold his restoration ranges fairly excessive between our subsequent two matches.
Transferring on to essentially the most unpredictable area positions, the entrance three, we’ve got a plethora of choices to select from. Towards Leeds, it’s best to go together with pace and talent within the assault. This narrows the choices down a bit bit. Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount are the anticipated gamers to play behind the ahead. Each gamers possess a combination of pace, talent, and unpredictability. Towards Leeds, there may be each risk that Tuchel will play the pair.
Up high, we’ve got Timo Werner. We’d like pace, pace, and extra pace. The German’s ending has been fairly suspect this season, however he’s constantly getting in goalscoring positions. Towards Liverpool, we noticed what his pace might do to a excessive back-line. Leeds performs equally to this, and it’s the hope that Werner could have simply as a lot success at Elland Highway as he did at Anfield.
Full Predicted XI
Azpi, Christensen, Rudiger
James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell