Strongest Predicted Chelsea FC lineup (4-3-3) to face Ajax, Hudson-Odoi and Kovacic start

Chelsea can secure a sixth successive win on the trot when they face Ajax away from home in the Champions League. The Blues have flourished under the guidance of Frank Lampard since mid-September and they have the chance to beat Ajax on the road this evening to enhance their prospects of making the knockout stage of the competition. The west Londoners are presently third in their group but are trailing Valencia on the head-to-head statistic.

Formation: 4-3-3

Predicted Lineup:

Blues boss Frank Lampard has preferred to stick with a stable combination at the back but injuries have hampered his prospects of doing so. Against Ajax, the English tactician may go with the same combination from the Newcastle clash with Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger unlikely to feature while Emerson is still working on his fitness. Reece James may be used as an impact substitute from the bench.

In the midfield, Jorginho and Mason Mount are automatic choices and they could be accompanied by Mateo Kovacic with Ross Barkley and N’Golo Kante deemed unfit for the clash. Barkley is only expected to train on Thursday after an ankle problem. Kante, on the other hand, may feature at the weekend after overcoming yet another injury setback.

In the frontline, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Willian are likewise undisputed choices under Lampard and they are expected to get the nod over Pedro and Christian Pulisic. Tammy Abraham is expected to lead the attack after amassing nine goals already this term.

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