Trio ruled out as Lampard makes 9 changes | Expected Chelsea line-up vs Brighton
Chelsea take on Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. Here is the team we expect Frank Lampard to select for the game:
Chelsea will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they take on Brighton on Saturday afternoon. Here is the team we expect Frank Lampard to select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Willy Caballero was given a rare run out during the 7-1 victory over Grimsby in the Carabao Cup but number one goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will be recalled against Brighton this weekend.
Defence: Lampard is expected to make changes to his defence but his options are limited by the fact Antonio Rudiger is set to remain on the sidelines with a groin injury that he sustained against Wolves earlier this month. Andreas Christensen is also a major doubt after being forced off during the defeat to Liverpool last week so Kurt Zouma could retain his place in the middle of the back four.
Fikayo Tomori has forced his way into the Chelsea starting eleven with some excellent performances in recent weeks so he should be recalled on Saturday meaning follow youngster Marc Guehi will make way following his debut on Wednesday night.
Reece James was hugely impressive on his first team debut last night as he scored a fine goal during the rout but Lampard is expected to tread carefully with the youngster as he’s only just back from injury so Cesar Azpilicueta should be recalled at right-back. Emerson is out with a knock so Marcos Alsono could keep his place at left-back.
Midfield: Chelsea will freshen things up in midfield with Jorginho certain to be recalled while N’Golo Kante is set to come back into the side after being given the night off in the League Cup.
Billy Gilmour impressed against Grimsby while Ross Barkley also put in a goal-scoring display but they should drop out against Brighton with Mateo Kovacic likely to be recalled. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is stepping-up his recovery from an Achilles injury but he remains out this weekend.
Attack: We should see plenty of changes up front with Mason Mount set to be recalled after emerging as an important first team player under Lampard. Willian is also in-line to come back into the Chelsea starting eleven following his rest on Wednesday night.
Pedro will make way despite scoring against Grimsby while Christian Pulisic is also expected to drop to the bench. Callum Hudson-Odoi enjoyed an excellent return from injury after scoring in the League Cup but the youngster should find himself dropping out this weekend.
Michy Batshuayi took his chance to impress after scoring a brace in the Carabao Cup but Tammy Abraham has had a superb start to the new season and is Chelsea’s first choice striker so I expect him to be recalled against Brighton.
Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:
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