Chelsea head into Sunday’s clash with Leicester City looking to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing result to Manchester United.
The 4-0 scoreline perhaps doesn’t reflect how well the Blues performed in spells at Old Trafford, but defensively the display was not good enough, and that is something Frank Lampard will be looking to put right this weekend.
Chelsea did improve against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup in midweek, and will head into Sunday’s tie against the Foxes with plenty to prove.
Leicester meanwhile travel to Stamford Bridge also looking for their first victory of the season, following a 0-0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend.
Lampard will be eager to get a positive result on the board in his first game at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea manager, the Blues legend will no doubt be welcomed by a rapturous reception.
Here’s how we think Chelsea will line-up for their opening home game of the campaign.
GK - Kepa Arrizabalaga
The Spaniard produced a stunning double save against Liverpool in midweek, and will be looking for his first clean sheet of the season.
RB - Cesar Azpilicueta
Chelsea’s captain needs to recover from one of his worst defensive displays for the Blues against United, against a threatening Leicester attack.
CB - Andreas Christensen
Christensen has looked the more assured of Chelsea’s centre-back pairing in the opening two fixtures, and he’ll need to be on top of his game to contain the dangerous Jamie Vardy.
CB - Kurt Zouma
Like Azpilicueta, Zouma is another who needs to improve on Sunday after a poor display at Old Trafford. Antonio Rudiger could be fit enough for the bench, and his return will no doubt put pressure on Zouma to perform.
LB - Emerson
Emerson has been on of the bright sparks from Chelsea’s opening two games, and the Italian will look to be an attacking outlet once again against Leicester.
CM - N'Golo Kante
An incredible performance in midweek, emphasising just how much Chelsea missed him against United. He’ll be crucial against his old side on Sunday, and for Lampard throughout the season.
CM - Jorginho
Scored the equalising penalty against Liverpool in extra-time, and the pressure will be off him slightly with the return of Kante. A tough call between him and Mateo Kovacic, though.
RW - Ross Barkley
Barkley has looked bright so far, and he could be switched over to the right-hand side on Sunday after starting on the left against United. Willian is also in contention, however, so the Brazilian could return.
CAM - Mason Mount
Mount was another who stood out with a positive display at Old Trafford, and the 20-year-old impressed from the bench against Liverpool.
LW - Christian Pulisic
Pulisic enjoyed a fine game against Liverpool, and expertly assisted Olivier Giroud for the opening goal. Could he score his first goal for the club on Sunday?
ST - Tammy Abraham
A big call to be made up front, and I’m sure it will go down to what frame of mind Abraham is in following the racial abuse he suffered on social media. Lampard has praised his mentality, however, and a start on Sunday could be just what he needs.
Giroud could force his way into the side, however, following a good display against Liverpool.
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