Thomas Tuchel & co. will welcome local rivals Fulham to Stamford Bridge this evening in Premier League Matchday 34 of the 2020/21 season.
The Blues, who produced solid display in the Uefa Champions League semi-final first-leg tie against Real Madrid earlier this week, head into the game, aiming of consolidate their fourth place on league standings by claim all three points.
Chelsea, who sitting fourth place on league standings with 58 points, ended their last outings against Real Madrid 1-1 but Thomas Tuchel’s side will hoping of getting positive results when they lock horns with Fulham, who sitting 18th position with 27 points.
And ahead of crucial clash against Fulham, who have only suffered defeat in one of their last 10 league away matches, Thomas Tuchel & co. received fresh injury concerns hampering their preparations.
On Saturday, the Blues boss will be bereft of the services of two first-team players, with Antonio Rudiger set to miss the game due to a minor knock, while Mateo Kovacic continues to be sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Thomas Tuchel is unlikely to make a lot of changes to the side that dominating Spanish champions in mid-week.
So we can expect minimum of changes in the starting lineup as Blues boss keeping one eye on the Uefa Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid this coming week.
In absence of Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva get a breather, Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma could slot in at the heart of the central defensive unit alongside club skipper Cesar Azipilicueta. In goal, Edouard Mendy remains first-choice goalkeeper, so the Senegalese could be in spot to secure back-line.
The two wing-back positions are also likely to see some rotation, with Marcos Alonso likey to replace Ben Chilwell while Reece James will get the chance to earn a recall on the right wing-back spot, since Azipilicueta’s move into the central defensive unit.
The rotation policy usually gives way to N’Golo Kante being handed a breather and that should be the case again on Saturday, with Mason Mount likely to start in a deeper midfield role alongside Jorginho.
Masont Mount’s vacated spot ought to be taken up by Timo Werner, with Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz likely to complete the attacking trifecta. That would mean the likes of Christian Pulisic could also handed a breather ahead of their Uefa Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid this coming week.
Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma; James, Jorginho, Mount, Alonso; Ziyech, Werner; Havertz
Kick-off at 5:30PM
Kevin Friend will be the referee for the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford Bridge this evening.
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: Simon Beck, Adrian Holmes
Fourth official: Robert Jones
VAR: Darren England
Assistant VAR: Adam Nunn