No time to waste as Chelsea move from a home match against Fulham to an away game at Wolverhampton and back home to play Manchester City in the span of just seven days.
For the first time all season, Maurizio Sarri will have to rethink his neat and tidy rotation policy, which had seen the first-choice players play on the weekends in the Premier League and (mostly) the second-choice players play in midweek, in the League Cup and the Europa League.
This week’s midweek match is another Premier League affair, so the question becomes one of rotation — who and when. Do we emphasize the match that we should be winning (Wednesday away at Wolves) or do we emphasize the match that we’re likely going to lose regardless of who plays (Saturday at home against City)?
Practically the whole squad should be available, with Victor Moses’s back injury the only known concern at this point, but Moses is well off the team selection radar. Ross Barkley missed Sunday’s match with a minor injury; he’s expected to be back.