Chelsea return home after back-to-back games away from home when Southampton come to visit on Saturday. It will be the first in a stretch of four home games from the five remaining in 2017. Also helping the fixture list burden is that our next match after this one is Bournemouth at home in the League Cup, and while that will be a quarterfinal and thus should not be taken too lightly, it should be another opportunity to rotate the squad and use some of the backups and fringe players — presumably Bournemouth, who are just two points above the relegation zone, will do the same as well.
Beside the ever present conundrum of whom and how much to rotate with games coming every 3-4 days, is the big question of what is Chelsea’s best formation these days. Last season the answers was clear; this season it’s been less so. We started in the 3-4-3, morphed to a 3-5-2, but have seemingly had more success with the 3-4-3 plan B instead.
Or maybe it’s just the lack of finishing that’s coloring the perception. In any case, here’s another game. All but David Luiz should be available, after Morata was given the day off on Tuesday to rest and recuperate.