After a solid win over the weekend, Chelsea will look to continue the upward trend by securing a further three points against a strong Leicester City. Frank Lampard will have his work cut out to find the optimal lineup as the 2015-16 Premier League-winners look a very dangerous side currently.
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE
The WAGNH community continues to hold on tight to the 4-3-3, though the 4-2-3-1 (35%) is having a slight resurgence.
No such resurgence at goalkeeper however, with Édouard Mendy back to dominating as usual and Kepa Arrizabalaga (2%) returning to the shadow realm.
Lampard did pick Antonio Rüdiger (25%) last time out, but the community’s sticking with the Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva pairing at centre-back. Reece James returns for Cesar Azpilicueta (7%) while Ben Chilwell leads all non-goalkeepers with 97% of the vote. Fikayo Tomori (1%) is on his way out while Andreas Christensen (2%), Emerson (2%), and Marcos Alonso (2%) collect a few token votes.
N’Golo Kanté (55%) would’ve made a triumphant return, but seeing as how he’s since been ruled out, that won’t actually be an option. Instead, it’s two of Havertz, Kovačić, and Gilmour next up, with all three neck to neck at 46%, but the first two just slightly ahead by a couple votes at the time of writing.
Olivier Giroud (38%) collected the most votes of any actual striker, but neither he nor Tammy Abraham (37%) nor Timo Werner (33%) managed to collect enough to earn a start. So just as against Fulham, the community’s choice is to trot out the three wingers up top, with Pulisic the most appropriate for a central role in that case.
Mendy (97%) | Chilwell (97%), Silva (93%), Zouma (86%), James (93%) | Mount (92%), Kanté (55%), Havertz (46%) | Hudson-Odoi (85%), Pulisic (57%), Ziyech (54%)
JIMMY’S PREFERRED CHOICE
(ed.note: from many hours ago, it would seem)
Havertz has done enough to warrant starting ahead of other options, even if he hasn’t reached his pre-COVID form just yet.
Up front, Abraham makes sense. His ability to run in behind and make use of his physicality should do well against Leicester defenders (on paper). I’m not so sure about starting a low on confidence Werner for the hundredth time. A breather might do him the world of good ... who knows. Or we finally try out two strikers up front, which would also be good.
Any other changes would probably raise the odd eyebrow, just like last Saturday.
Oh yeah, and Hudson-Odoi must start. You know what to do, Frank.
Mendy | Chilwell, Silva, Zouma, James | Mount, Kanté, Havertz | Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Ziyech