Chelsea have won four games on the spin and Frank Lampard’s side could move top of the Premier League with three more points against Newcastle this afternoon. He has a few players unavailable for selection though due to injury and Express Sport takes a look at what team the Chelsea boss will likely go with.
Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy
Kepa Arrizabalaga was suffering from back pain prior to the international break, but he’s now available for selection.
However, the Spaniard has lost his place as Chelsea’s No 1 to Edouard Mendy.
The Blues have an impressive record with Mendy in goal as well.
Mendy has kept six clean sheets in his seven appearances so far with just the one goal conceded.
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Defenders: Chilwell, Rudiger, Zouma, James
There were question marks on Ben Chilwell’s fitness earlier this week after he was forced off for England.
But Lampard confirmed on Thursday the full-back would be fine to face Newcastle.
However, the Chelsea boss also admitted that today’s game would come too early for Thiago Silva after the centre-back played for Brazil on Wednesday.
Antonio Rudiger is likely to take his place alongside Kurt Zouma.
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Midfielders: Kante, Kovacic, Mount
The big boost for Lampard heading into this weekend was having Kai Havertz back available again.
The Germany international missed Chelsea’s last two games following a positive coronavirus test.
But Chelsea’s official website lists Havertz still as doubtful for starting against Newcastle, suggesting Mateo Kovacic could start in his place.
Both Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante returned from international duty unscathed and are likely to hold on to their positions alongside Havertz.
Forwards: Werner, Ziyech, Abraham
Christian Pulisic remains unavailable for Lampard as he continues to recover from a hamstring issue.
Lampard did hint that the USA international is close to a return, but the Newcastle game would come too soon.
That likely means that Lampard will stick with the front line which worked so well against Burnley and Sheffield United in recent weeks.
Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have been in brilliant form while Tammy Abraham is starting to find his feet again after losing his place in the line-up earlier in the season.
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