Chelsea may be unbeaten since the Community Shield, but in the league, we’ve now dropped four points in two games and have fallen two points (and a +8 goal differential) behind the league leaders. Back-to-back draws against West Ham and Liverpool saw Chelsea score just one goal; in fact, since hitting four against Cardiff in the first match back from the September international break, Chelsea have hit just four total in the following five matches in all competitions.
Where will the goals come from? The squad appears to be almost fully healthy, though knocks and bruises abound, and it may be smart to take it easy with Pedro’s shoulder and Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s back.
Sarri rotated heavily for the midweek match against Vidi. With another international break coming after Sunday’s match, there’s little reason to not rotate back and play the best team possible. Manchester City and Liverpool face each other with the late kick-off on Sunday that follows this match; a Chelsea win would ensure we take full advantage if they do us a favor and share the points.