Chelsea will look to continue their positive run of form as they prepare to take on reigning champions Manchester City.
Unarguably, something exciting is happening down at Stamford Bridge as Frank Lampard continues to poach serious talent.
Even without top scorer Tammy Abraham, the Blues were able to fight back from being 1-0 down, to securing a win against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Wins from both sides see them retain their respective positions in the Premier League table, but a win against City would be a huge statement from Chelsea. After a tough start to the season, they have done extremely well to come back fighting and have Champions League football locked in their sights.
City’s 5-0 win over Burnley earlier this week will have put them in good stead, so the Blues must be ready to defend against that blistering Pep Guardiola attack.
Transfer Tavern has put together a predicted starting lineup for how Lampard may opt to go into the game.
Olivier Giroud did well to get himself on the scoresheet against Villa and it will be a huge boost for his confidence. He will keep his position with Abraham still easing himself back to full match fitness.
Christian Pulisic will take the place of Ruben Loftus-Cheek on the left-wing after his superb substitute appearance. The former Dortmund man netted Chelsea’s equaliser against Villa which set the tone for their eventual win.
Lampard will keep the defence the same and will have more than likely worked on how to shut out Man City’s clinical attackers. However, a start for Billy Gilmour could be on the cards over the likes of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho. Although he is less experienced than the other two, his raw passion to play for the club could be a driving force in the heart of the midfield.
His last Premier League match against Everton saw him maintain a 91% passing accuracy rate as well as creating a goal-scoring opportunity and making one tackle (via Sofascore). Gilmour may also be underestimated as a weak link and he could catch City off-guard with his pace and movement on the ball, whilst he will also be fresh having not featured at Villa Park.
Guardiola and his men will still have hope they can catch leaders Liverpool and will push to score goals. If Chelsea can make them pay on the counter-attack, they could walk away with all three points.
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