Thomas Tuchel & co. will welcome their local rivals Tottenham Hotspur to Stamford Bridge this evening in the Mind Series mini pre-season tournament tournament.
The Blues head into the game aiming of continued their momentum run form, after wining their last three pre-season friendlies matches, with latest one was Sunday’s 2-1 win over Arsenal at Emirates stadium.
Thomas Tuchel’s men started their pre-season campaign with 6-1 victory over Peterborough United, in which Hakim Ziyech netted hat-trick while Armando Broja, Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham also on target.
Chelsea, then came from behind to defeat AFC Bournemouth 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium before recorded their third victory with 2-1 win over Arsenal, thank goal from Kai Havertz and substitute Tammy Abraham.
The Champions League holders, now turn their focus on next pre-season friendly match, against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who also maintain their winning record under new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo.
And ahead of the tonight clash against Spurs, Thomas Tuchel has been handed quite a boost. On Wednesday, the Blues boss could well have a full strength squad at his disposal, only eight senior-players likely to miss the routine.
Thiago Silva, Mason Mount, Reece James, Jorginho, Palmieri Emerson, Ben Chilwell, Cesar Azipilicueta and Andreas Christensen all are totally ruled out for the match due to majority of them just returned to Cobham.
But Kai Havertz, N’Golo Kante, Timo Werner, Antonio Rudiger, Mateo Kovacic, Kurt Zouma, Kenedy, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi are all expected to be available for tonight clash after involved in Sunday’s match against Arsenal.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Thomas Tuchel is likely to make some changes to the side that make starting XI against Arsenal.
There’s no doubt about the Edouard Mendy is likely tpick between the sticks for Chelsea on Wednesday evening while Kepa Arrizabalaga could also get some minutes in the second half of the game.
As for the centre-back unit, Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva are not available for match, means Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma likely to behind Mendy at the hearts of Chelsea defence while Dujon Sterling, Trevoh Chalobah, Jake Clarke-Salter, Malang Sarr and Matt Miazga should be also options for Thomas Tuchel.
On to right-wing back and left-wing back, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Cesar Azipilicueta are not available for the selection, means, Davide Zappacosta, who has been impressed in Chelsea’s last couples of games alongside Marcos Alonso, Baba Rahman, should fix the position.
As for the midfield options, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic are available for the selection, and is possiblity for pair to make starting lineup against Tottenham Hotspur while stars like Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Lewis Baker could be other options for Thomas Tuchel.
Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Charly Musonda, Hakim Ziyech will battle for right-wing flank and left-wing flank.
As for the centre-forward, Kai Havertz is likely to use as centre-forward, after impressed against Arsenal while Tammy Abraham, Ike Ugbo, Armando Broja could be also get some minutes when Thomas Tuchel’s men lock horns with Spurs at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Sterling, Rudiger, Sarr; Zappacosta, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso; Ziyech, Havertz, Pulisic
When is kick off? Sunday 4 August, at 7:45PM
Where is the match being played? Stamford Bridge
What TV channel is the match on? chelseafc.com.