Chelsea sit in fourth, two points above the hunting pack and a win against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City would be crucial in the race for the top four. Frank Lampard might think about rotating a few from the eleven that started on Sunday, and with the FA Cup quarterfinal coming up in three days. But what about the community?
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE
The 4-2-3-1 (31%) remains out of favour among the WAGNH community when compared with the 4-3-3 (48%), and despite possibly being an option against a strong opponent, the 3-4-3 only received 17% of the votes.
The back four sees a start for Kurt Zouma, who joins Reece James, Antonio Rüdiger and captain César Azpilicueta. After Sunday’s performance, Andreas Christensen (48%) is relegated to the bench, where he finds both actual left backs Marcos Alonso (49%) and Emerson (10%). Fikayo Tomori remains out with an injury.
Jorginho (45%) has finished serving his two-match ban and was available for selection, but the community opted to see the same midfield start as against Aston Villa. Maybe surprisingly, the trio of Billy Gilmour (19%), Ross Barkley (10%) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (9%) don’t even come anywhere near the trio of Mateo Kovačić, Mason Mount and N’Golo Kanté, who led all non-goalkeepers in voting.
Up front, Tammy Abraham is trusted with leading the line over Olivier Giroud (32%). With Callum Hudson-Odoi still deemed not match-fit, there are precious few options on the wings with Willian and crucial goal-scorer Christian Pulisic unsurprisingly overwhelmingly picked over Pedro (6%).
Arrizabalaga (99%) | Azpilicueta (94%), Zouma (61%), Rüdiger (90%), James (59%) | Kovačić (68%), Kanté (96%), Mount (78%) | Pulisic (87%), Abraham (69%), Willian (68%)
I’ve gone with the community’s choices, with the sole exception of Jorginho returning to the lineup instead of Willian and Mount playing further forward, giving us a more solid midfield.
Arrizabalaga | Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rüdiger, James | Kovačić, Jorginho, Kanté | Mount, Abraham, Pulisic
COME ON YOU BLUES!