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Chelsea fans’ preferred lineup against Crystal Palace: Badiashile to make his debut!

Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace, Premier League: Preferred Lineup

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Chelsea are beating teams to transfer targets in the January market — looking at you, Arsenal — but will these wins translate to wins on the pitch? Unfortunately, more players will be unavailable after the loss against Fulham. We really are living in dark times.


After a good run as the choice of formation, the WAGNH community have started to question the 4-2-3-1, which is neck and neck with the 3-4-3 for this one, with both collecting roughly a third of the vote. The former does retain a slight edge in the end, and does fit better based on the individual players selected by the rest of the voting.

Kepa Arrizabalaga may have reverted back to his error-prone self but a lack of competition and Gabriel Slonina (14%) having just joined the group means that he continues in goal.

After disastrous displays by both Trevoh Chalobah (34%) and Kalidou Koulibaly (49%), new signing Benoît Badiashile gets he nod as Thiago Silva’s new defensive partner. Lewis Hall (48%) is an incredibly promising talent, but experience is favoured here so Marc Cucurella and César Azpilicueta start at full back.

Losing Denis Zakaria is a big blow and in response, the community throw caution to the win with a midfield pairing of Mason Mount and Mateo Kovačić. Conor Gallagher (46%) and Jorginho (50%) remain relegated to the bench due to their poor form.

The community continue to hope that Carney Chukwuemeka finally gets a deserved start as he’s been impressive every time he’s been on the field. He joins Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz in support of striker David Datro Fofana, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (26%) can only watch from the bench once more. Omari Hutchinson (17%) provides the necessary depth up front.

(Ed.note: we also had one write-in vote for ‘Tb’, which I presume means Todd Boehly, which is quite funny, and one for Jesus Christ. We certainly could use a bit of divine intervention.)

4-2-3-1 (31%)
Arrizabalaga (80%) | Cucurella (56%), Badiashile (67%), Silva (97%), Azpilicueta (68%) | Kovačić (90%), Mount (81%) | Chukwuemeka (72%), Havertz (63%), Ziyech (57%) | D.Fofana (64%)

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