James and Pulisic start, Strongest Predicted Chelsea lineup (4-3-3) to face Valencia

Chelsea are scheduled to face Valencia on the road in the forthcoming Champions League meeting. The Blues are presently on seven points alongside Ajax and Valencia but the duo are ahead of them with the better head-to-head record.

As a result, the upcoming clash at the Mestalla becomes very crucial for the Blues, given anything less than a victory will mean that they could be dependent on other results to reach the knockout stage.

Formation: 4-3-3

Predicted Lineup:

Blues boss Frank Lampard has preferred to stick with a settled backline in recent weeks but there could be the solitary change with Emerson dropping to the bench.

Cesar Azpilicueta may slot into the left-back spot where he was impressive against Manchester City and this should witness Reece James feature on the right side of the backline.

In the midfield, Lampard may prefer to go with the same combination from the Cityzens clash as he would want more solidity and defensive assurance. Jorginho should start in the holding role with Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante playing just ahead of him.

In the attack front, no changes are likewise expected. Christian Pulisic and Willian are most likely to feature on the flanks with Tammy Abraham leading the line ahead of both Batshuayi and Giroud.

Chelsea possible starting lineup (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; James, Zouma, Tomori, Azpilicueta; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Pulisic, Abraham.

How Chelsea will line up against Valencia

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