Chelsea travel to Leicester City after Deadline Day (non-)Drama and 10 days off from Premier League action. It’s been a bit of a patchy period for the team, and Frank Lampard will be looking to get his team back to winning ways, which won’t be easy against one of the surprise teams of the season. With a winter break coming up after the game, nothing but a the most full strength lineup available will do.
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE
The WAGNH community preferred the 4-3-3 formation once again, with the 4-2-3-1 (33%) a clear second choice, followed by a few hold-outs for the 3-4-3 (14%).
With Kepa overwhelming back in goal, the only two spots under any sort of consideration were right back and one of the two center backs. At the former, Reece James, despite a question mark over his own fitness, just edges out Alonso (33%) and Emerson (27%), while at the latter, Tomori pips Christensen (46%) and Zouma (23%) to the start.
In a 4-3-3, the midfield basically picks itself, at least until Ruben Loftus-Cheek finally returns. So the trio of Jorginho, Mateo Kovačić, and N’Golo Kanté start, with Mason Mount (45%) following some distance behind and Ross Barkley (13%) following some distance more behind him.
The community opted to not have Tammy Abraham (27%) “play through the pain”, choosing Michy Batshuayi instead, with Giroud a distance third (9%). One the wings, it’s the two obvious choices, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi, with Pedro (7%) receiving the second fewest votes of any player on the ballot after young Billy Gilmour (4%).
Arrizabalaga (86%) | Azpilicueta (92%), Tomori (60%), Rüdiger (84%), James (47%) | Kovačić (82%), Jorginho (80%), Kanté (85%) | Willian (92%), Batshuayi (59%), Hudson-Odoi (86%)
MY PREFERRED LINEUP
I’d go with, and hear me out here, Olivier Giroud to lead the line in absence of a recovering Abraham. Seeing as how Reece James has whipped in one sublime cross after another but Batshuayi has been highly wasteful with them, it’s time to the show Giroud some faith, especially after he was not allowed to leave in the winter transfer window. His physicality and prowess in the air would make him a perfect target for James’ deliveries.
Arrizabalaga | Azpilicueta, Tomori, Christensen, James | Jorginho, Kovačić, Mount | Willian, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi
COME ON, YOU BLUES!!!