Chelsea will play host to Championship side Barnsley this evening in a bid to progress into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
After losing to title rivals Liverpool in their last Premier League fixture, the Blues will be hoping to get back to winning ways. However, Frank Lampard may have a headache when it comes to selecting his squad.
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New signings Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell could be available for selection as well as Christian Pulisic, who has been sorely missed in their attack.
Transfer Tavern has predicted how the west Londoners could line up against Barnsley tonight…
A huge defensive shift could be on the cards after Chelsea’s loss to Liverpool. A major Kepa Arrizabalaga error which led to Sadio Mane’s second goal could be enough to see him dropped. Willy Caballero may be called upon once again to fill in, with every defender except Reece James also left out following Sunday’s defeat.
Fikayo Tomori came on after Andreas Christensen was given his marching orders on Sunday. He put in a solid defensive shift and could be one of Lampard’s first choices. His 97% passing rate and two tackles should be enough to warrant a start alongside summer arrival Silva (via Sofascore).
Chilwell could also be ready to make his Chelsea debut as he is reportedly heading in the right direction with his fitness (via premierinjuries.com).
With Pulisic also looking ready to return, he could finally join Timo Werner in attack. However, Kai Havertz has failed to impress and Lampard may not want to risk another quiet game from him. Callum Hudson-Odoi could come into the team to support Werner on the wing, with Mason Mount returning to midfield.
The Blues won’t want to underestimate Barnsley but will hope by fielding an equally strong attack and defence that they can get the job done.
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