Chelsea have a tough run of fixtures ahead and need to avoid another blip like last weekend. This time on the agenda are Crystal Palace, who’ve held a bit of hoodoo over the Blues in past years.
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE
The WAGNH community certainly wants to see a full-strength lineup and start that off by going with the trusty 3-4-3 formation. The days of the 4-3-3 (7%) or even 4-2-3-1 (10%) are distant memory. The goalkeeping situation remains unchanged, with Kepa Arrizabalaga (8%) a firm second choice to Édouard Mendy.
Chelsea’s back three played well against Porto so it’s only fair that Antonio Rüdiger, Andreas Christensen, and César Azpilicueta start together again. Thiago Silva garnered 37% despite being suspended (ed.note: oversight on the voting form), while Kurt Zouma managed just 24%. Marcos Alonso (38%) couldn’t overtake Ben ‘Torres’ Chilwell on the left while Reece James also continues at right back.
A change in midfield from midweek sees N’Golo Kanté preferred ahead of Jorginho (32%), alongside Mateo Kovačić, with Billy Gilmour (19%) a distant fourth choice.
Thomas Tuchel may not deem Tammy Abraham to be ready, and still neither do the voters. With Abraham collecting just 44% of the vote, he slots in behind starters Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, and Mason Mount, with any of the three capable of playing a central role. Hakim Ziyech (46%) also collects more votes than Tammy, with the rest, Werner (25%), Havertz (29%), and Olivier Giroud (25%) trailing by a fair distance.
Mendy (92%) | Rüdiger (83%), Christensen (75%), Azpilicueta (67%) | Chilwell (58%), Kovačić (72%), Kanté (74%), James (62%) | Pulisic (59%), Mount (76%), Hudson-Odoi (51%)
MY PREFERRED CHOICE
Whether or not Tammy’s deemed ready by Tuchel, he can’t be as bad as Werner or Havertz have been recently — especially Werner. While this obviously doesn’t mean we should write those two off, Tammy deserves at least a chance.
Also, I hope Mount’s stocked up on energy bars and Gatorade as I’d be starting him in every single game until the end of the season. What a player, an absolute star in the making and vital to this Chelsea team!
Mendy | Rüdiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta | Chilwell, Kanté, Kovačić, James | Pulisic, Abraham, Mount