Chelsea FC start off their Champions League campaign with a home game against Valencia on Tuesday night. The Blues started the season on a sour note with three winless games in all competitions but they have since improved on their performances and recently secured a comfortable 5-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on the road.
Predicted Chelsea FC lineup:
Kepa Arrizabaga will no doubt be frustrated with the average bit of defending ahead of him and he has already conceded the most goals in the Premier League. The Spanish goalkeeper will be aiming for his maiden clean sheet of the season on Tuesday night.
Lampard is likely to stick with a three-man central defence, given it seemed to provide better defensive stability. Fikayo Tomori, who scored a belter of an opening goal at the Molineux, is expected to start alongside Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma. Antonio Rudiger remains sidelined for the game after aggravating a groin injury which he has been carrying for a while.
At right wing-back, skipper Cesar Azpilicueta will no doubt keep his place with no competition for the moment with Reece James lacking fitness. On the opposite end, Marcos Alonso is expected to start with Emerson out of the game with a muscular thigh strain picked up on international duty with Italy.
In midfield, there are no changes expected from recent games with Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic keeping their places. N’Golo Kante has been nursing an ankle sprain and it appears that he is still far off from making a comeback despite resting during the international break.
In the attack front, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham are certainties to start after contributing towards 10 of the club’s 11 league goals this season. The only other attacking midfield role may go to Christian Pulisic, who could replace the experienced Willian.
Predicted Chelsea FC lineup vs Valencia: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori, Cesar Azpilicueta, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham