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Chelsea will hope to leave its inconsistent form in 2020 when the new year begins against Manchester City on Sunday.
City have not played since Boxing Day due to a team COVID-19 outbreak and as a result they are expected to be without five first team players on Sunday, so Frank Lampard will see that as an opportunity for his team in distress. .
This is how the boss should line up Chelsea for the game.
Edouard Mendy (GK) – Mendy has looked a bit shaky in recent weeks, but it’s hard to imagine a world where his form is so bad that he fell for Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Cesar Azpilicueta (RB) – Reece James has been dealing with knee and hamstring injuries in recent weeks and clearly needs a break, so expect Azpilicueta to replace the youngster again.
Kurt Zouma (CB) – Having rested against Aston Villa, Zouma should be itching to go for this one.
Thiago Silva (CB) – Lampard needs Silva’s leadership and expertise to help lift the entire team out of this recent slump.
Ben Chilwell (LB) – Chilwell impressed against Villa and doesn’t appear to have any injuries these days so he will likely keep his spot in the lineup.
N’Golo Kante (DM) – Chelsea need their best midfielder to put on a 10/10 show if they want to get anything out of it.
Mason assembly (CM) – Mount could probably use a break, but he’s likely to keep his spot due to a lack of fit alternatives.
Kai Havertz (CM) – Jorginho has struggled recently and Mateo Kovacic ended up on the bad books in a 3-1 loss to Arsenal, so this is the perfect time to bring Havertz back to the starting lineup.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (RW) – One of the few bright sparks on Chelsea’s side in recent weeks, Hudson-Odoi should be the first name on the team sheet against City.
Tammy Abraham (ST) – This is a real altercation between Abraham and Olivier Giroud. They both scored in their last league outing, but since Abraham rested against Villa, he will be the coolest man here.
Christian Pulisic (LW) – With Hakim Ziyech not yet ready to start and Timo Werner still struggling to stay fit, Chelsea’s only other wide option is Pulisic, who has shown glimpses of his star talent in recent weeks.
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