Thomas Tuchel & co. will welcome top-flight Leicester City to Stamford Bridge this evening in Premier League Matchday 37 of the 2020/21 season.
The Blues, who are in excellent form in recent months with seven-game unbeaten run across all competitions, suffered back-to-back defeat in their last two games.
The first was against locals rival Arsenal in league, in which Gunners starlet Emile Smith-Rowe capitalize Jorginho’s defensive howler to scored the only goal at Stamford Bridge on that night.
The second was against Leicester City in the finals of the FA Cup last weekend. Despite Tuchel’s team made bright start to the game the failed to broken deadlock until second-half when Leicester found themselves ahead in the 63rd minute courtesy of Youri Tielemans, who delivered a excellent strike from long range.
The Belgian star burst onto the ball in midfield before unleashing a stupendous strike that whistled past Kepa Arrizabalaga into the top corner of the Chelsea goal.
Chelsea, are currently fourth in the league table, just a point clear of Liverpool in fifth, with the Reds closing the gap following a dramatic 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, in which goalkeeper Alisson Becker scored incredible header in stoppage time to secure the win for Liverpool.
However, heading into tonight’s clash against Leicester, the Blues will be aiming of bounce back from consecutive defeat and consolidate their spot in top-four finish while also positioned themselves in full confident ahead of their UEFA Champions League final showdown with Manchester City on May 29.
And ahead of battle for the UEFA Champions League spots against Leicester City, who defeat Chelsea in their last two routine, Thomas Tuchel & co. have received a double injury boost as both Mateo Kovacic and Andreas Christensen are expected to be back in action tonight.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Thomas Tuchel is likely to make a lot of changes to the side that struggled to broken the deadlock against Leicester City. So we can expect maximum changes to the team that suffered home defeat to the Foxes at the weekend.
Starting from goal where Kepa Arrizabalaga will make way for Edouard Mendy. Cesar Azpilicueta should return at centre-back after starting the last game as a wing-back while Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger are likely to hold on to their spots in the three-man defensive unit.
Reece James, who was surprisingly fielded as a right-sided centre-half at the weekend, should return to his natural habitat at right wing-back while Ben Chilwell comes in on the left side in place of Marcos Alonso. The duo will be key in Chelsea’s chance-creation with their forward runs and deliveries into the box.
Ex-Leicester star N’Golo Kante is a certainty to feature in the middle of the park. With Kovacic only just recovering, Jorginho is expected to hold on to his spot in the lineup alongside the Frenchman on Tuesday night.
Mason Mount, meanwhile, will provide the drive and creativity from one of the attacking midfield slots with Christian Pulisic likely to slot in alongside him.
After having been benched in favour of Timo Werner at the weekend, Kai Havertz should be in line to start as the No.9 for Chelsea when Leicester City come visiting.
Tears Chessy fans will still manage to blame CHO and Tammy for our fate this season. pic.twitter.com/GVdb4uQQJy— ²⁰ (@CHOxHavertz) May 17, 2021
Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kante, Kovacic, Chilwell; Mount, Pulisic; Havertz
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Darren Cann, Mark Scholes
Fourth official: Andy Madley
VAR: Andre Marriner
Assistant VAR: Stephen Child
Kick-off at 8:15PM