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Chelsea fans’ preferred lineup against Wolverhampton Wanderers: No need for drastic changes

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Chelsea, Premier League: Preferred lineup

Chelsea Training and Press Conference Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

The idea to not mess with a winning lineup is as old as football itself, so it’s no surprise that the WAGNH Community have voted for almost the exact same starting XI that started last weekend, in our 2-0 win over Sheffield United.

And that means it’s almost the exact same starting XI that started midweek as well, in our League Cup quarterfinal victory over Newcastle United. One change from there is partially due to injury, with Enzo Fernández ruled out (initially for just this one game; we’ll see after that). And the other change from both of these games is Malo Gusto coming back in at right back (assuming he’s fit to do so).

Generally, a well settled lineup (with results to match) is a good sign, a sign that we’re figuring things out, that we’re developing chemistry, partnerships, and so on. Constant chop and change is rarely indicative of a consistent level of performance. Obviously, there’s more to all that than just lineup changes, but as far as surface-level analysis goes, this seems fairly promising in our season-long quest for consistency.

4-2-3-1 (73%)
Petrović (99%) | Colwill (77%), Badiashile (77%), Silva (70%), Gusto (91%) | Caicedo (99%+), Gallagher (98%) | Mudryk (81%), Sterling (88%), Palmer (97%) | Jackson (65%)

Of the rest, Axel Disasi (54%), Christopher Nkunku (36%), and Ian Maatsen (35%) come closest to a starting spot. Armando Broja (21%) lags a bit further behind.

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