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Red-hot Chelsea take on Leeds in the Premier League this weekend, looking to continue their good form in front of 2,000 spectators under the lights of Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard’s team recorded a sumptuous 4-0 win against Sevilla in the middle of the week, despite making nine changes to the team that played a 0-0 draw with Tottenham last weekend.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds won’t be easy as he recently took four points away from Arsenal and Everton, but Chelsea’s abundance of options will leave many confident they can score another three points.
Here is the Lampard team he should choose to lead the Blues to victory.
Edouard Mendy (GK) – The Senegalese stopper has been sensational since he arrived and leads the Premier League clean sheet. Kepa, who?
Reece James (RB) – He has made the right back his own with a series of stellar defensive displays. He’s fitted in very well with Hakim Ziyech on the right, and he has a sensational delivery on him, one that will get fit Olivier Giroud excited.
Kurt Zouma (CB) – The Frenchman has made his presence felt in both boxes this season, having already bagged three goals. His confidence grows with each game and he developed a strong partnership with Thiago SIlva at the heart of defense.
Thiago Silva (CB) – Having not appeared in the middle of the week, Silva should return to the starting eleven along with his regular partner Zouma. It seems that his experience and leadership skills are catching on very well.
Ben Chilwell (LB) – He has been approved to start after a minor injury scare midweek. He has developed good chemistry with players like Timo Werner and Mason Mount on the left flank, and he is much smarter on defense than Chelsea’s other options.
N’Golo Kante (DM) – The improvement of the French in recent weeks has gone unnoticed, but it is the heart of this Chelsea. Certain starter.
Mason assembly (CM) – It has been under the microscope for several weeks, but continues to impress every time it goes out into the field. It can line up on the right or left side of a three.
Kai Havertz (CM) – The German returned midweek after testing positive for COVID-19 and it appeared he had not been absent. Fitness may be a concern, but your creativity and artistry can help break through Leeds’ defense.
Hakim Ziyech (RW) – Chelsea’s landmark architect, Ziyech will be at the heart of anything and everything Chelsea run. Given that Giroud is likely to start, the bonding game between the pair could be beautiful to watch.
Olivier Giroud (ST) – Having set a timely reminder of his quality mid-week, the Frenchman is unlikely to be ousted by Tammy Abraham. If it is, we’ll all be doomed here in 90min.
Timo Werner (LW) – Many thought Werner would be the main man in the middle, but Lampard seems to have settled on him playing left, for now. He has been a wasteful in front of goal and needs to rediscover his sharpness with Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi eager for minutes.