Frank Lampard’s side will be looking to kick their Uefa Champions League season off in the right manner when they welcome Spanish club Sevilla to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
The Blues’ last league game finished with a frustrating 3-3 scoreline, as they were unable to see off Saint’s despite taking a comfortable 2-0 lead in the earlier of the first-half.
Chelsea were in the ascendancy right from the opening whistle, but the usual defensive fragilities meant that the three points slipped away from their grasp.
With a European encounter upcoming in midweek, in what promises to be a much tougher affair than the one they had on the weekend, Frank Lampard & co will surely be eager to put things right once again.
Looking at the squads of the two teams in question, The Blues have a clear advantage in terms of personnel, but it has already been established over the last few weeks that having world-class attackers doesn’t mean anything if the defence-line isn’t up to the mark.
And, Frank Lampard has greeted a mix of good and bad news ahead of his side’s latest fixture, while the big talking point remains the potential start debut of Hakim Ziyech, who made his return to action as a second-half substitute in Blues 3-3 draw with Southampton last weekend.
Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is still on the sidelines while Thiago Silva, who missed last weekend game against Saints due to fatigue, expected to make his return to the starting XI for this clash. Apart from that, the attack-line looks rather complete at this point.
With Mendy is doubt for selection, Frank Lampard will have to choose between his other two goalkeeping options for this fixture. Considering the mistake that Kepa made on the weekend, it is likely that Willy Caballero will starts in between the sticks for this tie.
In front of him, expect Thiago Silva to return to the starting XI, alongside Kurt Zouma. Reece James could start as the full-back on the right flank, with Ben Chilwell continuing his excellent start to life as a Chelsea player over on the left.
Up ahead in midfield, Jorginho is expected to be in starting XI alongside Mateo Kovacic. The Italian international was one of the Chelsea’s best players on the pitch in their 3-3 draw with Southampton.
And the likelihood of the Italian pass-master getting dropped from the eleven are rather bleak. His ability to control the tempo of fixtures, while also being capable of producing that killer pass, is something that Chelsea will look to utilise against a gritty Sevilla team.
Finally, in attack, Blues’ summer purchases were mostly aimed at bolstering the attack, and this could be the first time that their four best attacking options start a game together.
Werner, who scored two goals with one assist against Southampton last weekend, likely to lead the line operating in the number nine role while Kai Havertz is expected to start just in behind his compatriot after both linkup in Chelsea’s third goals against Saints during weekend.
Christian Pulisic, who made his first start of the season against Saints, is set to keep his place on the left flank, with technically gifted Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech starting over on the other side.