Chelsea go into the first of our final four Premier League games needing every possible point, and Sheffield United will be a tough task. Chris Wilder’s men already frustrated us once this season and they are more than capable of doing so again. The question is: with injuries recently hitting Chelsea, how much rotation will be necessary?
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE
The WAGNH community overwhelming favours the 4-3-3, as is usual these days, over the 4-2-3-1 (16%) and 3-4-3 (8%). Generally, the lineup stayed pretty much the same as we’ve seen in recent games.
The Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma centre back partnership continues, with César Azpilicueta and Reece James at left and right fullback, respectively. Antonio Rüdiger (40%), Marcos Alonso (33%) and Emerson (4%) are not trusted to offer any stability at the moment while Fikayo Tomori continues to be out due to injury.
Because of the unfortunate injuries to N’Golo Kanté (short-term) and Billy Gilmour (long-term), there are very few doubts that Jorginho is a must-start at the base of midfield. The in-form pair of Mason Mount and Ross Barkley accompany the Vice-captain, as they are preferred to Ruben Loftus-Cheek (32%) and a potentially returning Mateo Kovačić (31%).
Tammy Abraham (22%) may have finally found his scoring boots again, but the community nevertheless clearly favours the always reliable Olivier Giroud. On the wings, the ridiculously good runs of form by Willian and Christian Pulisic naturally see them in the starting eleven ahead of Callum Hudson-Odoi (10%) and Pedro (3%).
Arrizabalaga (91%) | Azpilicueta (96%), Zouma (96%), Christensen (67%), James (71%) | Barkley (57%), Jorginho (85%), Mount (91%) | Pulisic (95%), Giroud (78%), Willian (90%)
I’m repeating myself as well, but I can only concur with this particular lineup. Given injuries and the form of certain players, this is definitely the best eleven Chelsea have to offer — when not needing rotation. It provides a balance between attacking threat and defensive stability without destabilizing the team, which is vital at this moment in time.
Arrizabalaga | Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, James | Barkley, Jorginho, Mount | Pulisic, Giroud, Willian
COME ON YOU BLUES!