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Key man returns as Lampard makes 4 changes | Expected Chelsea line-up vs Bournemouth

Chelsea take on Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. Here is the team we expect Frank Lampard to select for the game:

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Chelsea take on Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. Here is the team we expect Frank Lampard to select for the game:

Goalkeeper: There is no doubt who’ll start in goal as Kepa Arrizabalaga is certain to keep his place with Willy Caballero once again on the bench.

Defence: Chelsea are expected to be handed a boost with Fikayo Tomori coming back into contention. The young centre-back missed the win over Lille on Tuesday night as he wasn’t risked due to a minor hip injury but Tomori is set for a recall this weekend.

Antonio Rudiger made his long-awaited comeback from a knee injury on Tuesday night but Lampard is unlikely to risk him again so soon after a couple of months on the sidelines so the German is likely to be given a breather on Saturday. Andreas Christensen is an option for Chelsea but Kurt Zouma has cemented himself as a regular as is expected to keep his place against Bournemouth.

Reece James is pushing for a recall at right-back after being named on the bench in midweek so Cesar Azpilicueta could move to the left with Emerson Palmeiri making way.

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Midfield: Jorginho was recalled in the Champions League after being named as a sub for Chelsea’s previous two matches and he’s likely to keep his place alongside N’Golo Kante in the middle of the park.

Mateo Kovacic has played a lot of football lately so the Croatian international might be given a rest on Saturday with Mason Mount recalled to start in the advanced attacking midfield position.

Ross Barkley is back in contention after returning from an ankle injury recently but a place on the bench is the best he can hope for while Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains on the sidelines with an Achilles injury.

Attack: Tammy Abraham was once again on the scoresheet on Tuesday night and he’s certain to lead the line up front with Michy Batshuayi named among the substitutes. Olivier Giroud remains a doubt with an ankle injury that kept him out of Chelsea’s win over Lille.

Lampard may decide to freshen things up in attack with Callum Hudson-Odoi pushing for a recall. The youngster may replace Willian in the Chelsea front three with Christian Pulisic keeping his place on the flank.

Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:

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  1. Chike

    December 12, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    With that line up. Chelsea will loss for sure, what is odoii doing in the line up. He should seek for loan come January so he can improve and you guys should stop hype comments he is not good to start for Chelsea. Emerson should start and azpi rested . kovacic is still the best middle men for Chelsea this reason.

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