Chelsea will aim to turn their fortunes around in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final tie against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday night.
The Blues trial Spurs by one goal going into this match at Stamford Bridge.
Not scoring an away goal would have been a disappointment for Maurizio Sarri’s men, hence, the first thing they must avoid is to let Spurs score, at least before they turn the tie around.
The team has been short on goals in the past few games, and the need of a striker is imminent. Gonzalo Higuain is in London and is set to complete his medical, but Sarri stated that it would be mightily difficult for the Argentine to feature in tomorrow’s game.
In terms of the injuries, Chelsea will miss Ruben Loftus-Cheek, however, the rest of the squad is fit to feature. Andreas Christensen had a stomach issue while he was on the bench against Arsenal. It will be touch and go for the Dane.
Here’s how we think Sarri may line his team up tomorrow:
GK - Kepa
The Spanish international starts most games, be it in the Premier League or cup competitions and that is likely to continue.
RB - Cesar Azpilicueta
The experience of Azpilicueta will be key in such an intense tie between two London rivals.
CB - Antonio Rudiger
The German has had a terrific season so far and we think he’ll start at the back tomorrow.
CB - David Luiz
Luiz’s partnership with Rudiger has been decent at the back for Chelsea. We predict him to start alongside the German tomorrow.
LB - Marcos Alonso
The Spaniard needs to improve his overall game in order to remain the first-choice left-back in the future but is likely to get the nod on Thursday night.
CM - Jorginho
He is the main man of Sarri’s system and starts most games. The Italian needs to perform soon, with fans beginning to show their frustration.
CM - N'Golo Kante
The French World Cup winner is not playing in his favoured position, but the manager keeps persisting with him playing in a slightly advanced midfield role.
CM - Ross Barkley
For this spot, it has been a toss-up between Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley. We think the latter will start if Chelsea need more attacking thrust from midfield.
RW - Callum Hudson-Odoi
The youngster could start, just like he did in the first leg, with Chelsea doing all they can to convince him to stay.
LW - Willian
It is between Willian and Pedro for this position. The Brazilian could start to give Chelsea that little bit extra in the final third.
ST - Eden Hazard
With Higuain not ready for Thursday’s game, Hazard is expected to continue as a makeshift striker.
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