Key duo ruled out as Lampard makes 2 changes | Expected Chelsea line-up vs Burnley
Chelsea get back to Premier League action when they take on Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday. Here is the team we expect Lampard to select
Chelsea get back to Premier League action when they take on Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday evening. Here is the team we expect Frank Lampard to select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga is once again expected to keep his place between the sticks with Willy Caballero having to settle for a place on the bench.
Defence: Lampard has limited options in the middle of his defence as Andreas Christensen remains on the sidelines through injury. Antonio Rudiger is back in full training after recovering from a groin issue but is still lacking fitness so the trip to Burnley may come too soon. Therefore Fikayo Tomori is likely to continue alongside Kurt Zouma this weekend.
Reece James is pushing for a recall but I think Cesar Azpilicueta will retain his place at right-back. Marcos Alonso has performed well at left-back in recent games but Emerson Palmeiri is back in contention after recovering from injury so Lampard may decide to freshen things up and give the Brazilian a run out on Saturday.
Midfield: N’Golo Kante missed the Champions League win at Ajax in midweek duo to a groin injury and the Frenchman remains a major doubt for Chelsea’s trip to Turf Moor this weekend. Lampard will provide an update at his press conference on Friday but I don’t see him risking Kante against Burnley.
Jorginho is certain to keep his place in the holding role while Mateo Kovacic should start once again as Ross Barkley is expected to miss out with an ankle injury that he picked up against Newcastle last week.
Mason Mount is expected to keep his place in the Chelsea midfield after becoming a key player under Lampard but Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles problem.
Attack: Christian Pulisic made an impact off the bench during the win at Ajax so the United States international may have earned a recall to Lampard’s starting eleven this weekend.
Willian is the man most likely to make way as Callum Hudson-Odoi appears to have forced his way into the Chelsea line-up following some impressive performance since returning from injury.
Michy Batshuayi will be hoping to feature after scoring the late winner off the bench in Amsterdam but I think the Belgian international will have to settle for a sub role once again as Tammy Abraham is expected to lead the line up front.
Olivier Giroud will also have to settle for a place on the bench this weekend but Pedro appears to have fallen out of favour under Lampard so he may miss out on a place in the squad yet again.
Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:
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