With everyone else in the top-four race dropping points this weekend, it’s now up to Chelsea to take advantage. Anything else other than three points is unacceptable. Burnley, however, won’t be easy to break down and our recent second half woes are worrying. Maurizio Sarri will certainly have to choose his first eleven wisely — especially with an open midweek coming up.
THE PREDICTED LINEUP
Kepa Arrizabalaga starts in goal, no big surprises here.
Due to Antonio Rüdiger’s injury, David Luiz and Andreas Christensen should once again form the centre-back pairing. Marcos Alonso is doubtful with a gluteal injury, which could mean another start for Emerson, with César Azpilicueta, as usual, starting on the right.
Jorginho and N’Golo Kanté are locked-on starters, with the third spot going to Ruben Loftus-Cheek after Barkley and Kovačić both started on Thursday.
Eden Hazard is still dealing with the after-effects of getting kicked a lot on Thursday and could get the day off. Eden wasn’t “scheduled” to start that one as per the established rotation, but Sarri clearly felt he needed the extra firepower. Both Willian and Hudson-Odoi were on the bench Thursday, so should rotate in as the fresh players alongside Gonzalo Higuaín, who maybe could grace us with a goal or two perchance.
Arrizabalaga | Emerson, David Luiz, Christensen, Azpilicueta | Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Kanté | Willian, Higuaín, Hudson-Odoi
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Premier League action sees the WAGNH community in strong consensus, picking everyone’s favourite hyphenated duo, Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi, instead of Kovačić/Barkley (14%/14%) and Pedro/Willian (20%/32%), respectively. (Ed.note: all the joke votes were deleted; don’t ruin it for others, kids.)
Arrizabalaga (97%) | Emerson (89%), Christensen (94%), David Luiz (91%), Azpilicueta (94%) | Loftus-Cheek (94%), Jorginho (80%), Kanté (96%) | Hazard (63%), Giroud (76%), Hudson-Odoi (88%)
MY PREFERRED LINEUP
It doesn’t get more crucial than this game if we’re to secure Champions League football through the Premier League, so I feel inclined to go with community’s full strength lineup all the way.
Arrizabalaga | Emerson, Luiz, Christensen, Azpilicueta | Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Kanté | Hazard, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi
COME ON YOU BLUES!!!