The opportunity for Chelsea to overturn their first leg lost against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup as presented itself. Chelsea will host their West London rivals later today as they hope to qualify for the next round.
Below is the predicted line up Maurizio Sarri might opt for the game with his tried and tested 4-3-3 formation.
Goalkeeper – Kepa is expected to continue in goal as the manager played him in the first leg. Thus, Cabellero will make do on the bench for this crucial tie.
Defence – Andreas Christensen, Cezar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Emerson Palmeiri
The whole team was underwhelming against Arsenal but Azpilicueta and David Luiz will most likely feature while Antonio Rudiger could make way for Christensen who featured in the first leg.
Marcos Alonso has been having a difficult time at left back in recent matches, the boss might opt to play Emerson in place of the Spaniard.
Midfield – Jorginho, N’golo Kante, and Ross Barkley/Mateo Kovacic
Jorginho might continue as a holding midfielder as his cover Cesc Fabregas has departed for new pastures with a replacement yet to be found.
Ngolo Kante might retain his position alongside Jorginho with any of Mateo Kovacic or Barkley filling the last midfield spot. Barkley might get the nod as he did well in the first leg against the same opponent.
Attack – The attack will most likely remain the same with Chelsea latest addition, Gonzalo Higuain unregistered for the match.
Eden Hazard, if played will likely feature as a false 9. A position he has been asked to play since the rumours of an impending departure of Alvaro Morata to Atletico Madrid.
Pedro and Willian may continue even after they were hugely criticised by fans for their lack of fire against Arsenal.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, the youngster being targeted by Bayern Munich will likely feature from the bench alongside impact substitute Oliver Giroud.