Chelsea travel to Aston Villa on Monday when they try to keep the pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool at the Premier League summit.
The Blues have ended up six points behind league leader City, thanks to the form that has led them to have won only three matches in their previous eight Premier League outings. The Blues have only lost once during that time, but draws against Everton and Wolves in their last two have simply not been up to zero.
However, Thomas Tuchel’s men will be supported by a quarter-final victory in the Carabao Cup in the middle of the week over Brentford. Now they are facing a difficult task against an Aston Villa team that has shown enormously promising signs under the new manager Steven Gerrard.
Here’s who Tuchel can line up to make a much-needed profit.
The amazing Edouard Mendy should return to the page / Visionhaus / GettyImages
Edouard Mendy (GK) – Kepa Arrizabalaga kept a clean sheet in the middle of the week, but Chelsea’s number one will surely be reinstated for this Premier League match.
Trevoh Chalobah (CB) – Played with Cesar Azpliicueta in the middle of the week and while both played well, Chalobah’s younger legs could benefit here.
Thiago Silva (CB) – The 37-year-old rested on Wednesday night but should be brought back to the group for a fifth straight Premier League start.
Antonio Rudiger (CB) – Was not present for the victory over Brentford either, but the colossal German will surely come back to the side of this one.
N’Golo Kante may be ready to start at Aston Villa / Clive Mason / GettyImages
Reece James (RWB) – Enjoyed a very effective 25-minute cameo in Brentford and will certainly be involved from the start when his side visits Villa.
N’Golo Kante (CENTIMETER) – Was also a decisive factor after coming in from the bench in the middle of the week and, after getting a little rest after a strenuous performance in Wolves, the Frenchman should be in shape to start here.
Jorginho (CM) – His penalty sealed Chelsea’s promotion to the League Cup semi-final last season, and he should be set on returning to the starting eleven.
Marcos Alonso (LWB) – Ben Chilwell will, despite now testing negative for Covid-19, remain absent due to injury, so Alonso will continue on the left wing.
Romelu Lukaku may return to the site earlier than expected / Sebastian Frej / MB Media / GettyImages
Mason Mount (RW) – On a fine run of individual form at the moment and wants to add his four goals and two assists during his previous five Premier League appearances.
Romelu Lukaku (ST) – The Belgian – with the permission of new government guidelines – should be out of isolation this week after receiving the first of two negative Covid-19 results and, if appropriate for selection, he could return directly to the fold to introduce that type of clinical touch that has been absent in recent times.
Christian Pulisic (LW) – Callum Hudson-Odoi is in the same boat as Lukaku, but with Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz out of action, Pulisic is still a suitable alternative on the left wing for Tuchel.
You can read the entire 90mins preview of the match here. And you can find Aston Villas’ predicted lineup here.
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