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Silva To Return, Lukaku Starts | Predicted 3-4-3 Chelsea Lineup Vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Jack O’Brien
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Chelsea are hoping to extend their winning run to three games in all competitions as they take on Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. The Blues are coming on the back of a narrow 1-0 victory over Zenit St. Petersburg in the UEFA Champions League, and a win is essential if Thomas Tuchel’s men are to put pressure on the league leaders Manchester United in the Premier League table.

Predicted Chelsea Lineup Vs Tottenham Hotspur


Tuchel doesn’t have to deal with any injury issues heading into this clash, especially in the defensive unit where the German will have the privilege of picking from a fully fit roster.

A full-strength defence is likely to be deployed in this crucial Premier League match-up, so we are expecting the experienced Cesar Azpilicueta to retain his place in the team ahead of Trevoh Chalobah.

The Spaniard is set to form the three-man backline alongside Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger as Tuchel goes with experience rather than youthful exuberance. Christensen, though, could be considered should Chelsea look more pace in the defensive lines.

There shouldn’t be any changes elsewhere with Edouard Mendy set to retain his place in between the sticks as he looks for yet another clean sheet this weekend.

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Chelsea have been dealt with the injury boost of N’Golo Kante, who is back in training. But Tuchel certainly won’t risk the Frenchman while Saul Niguez’s rather disappointing Premier League debut might see him getting dropped to the bench.

It means Mateo Kovacic might get the opportunity to operate in Chelsea’s double-pivot alongside the ever so reliable figure of Jorginho. They will form the club’s second line of press alongside the two wingbacks in Reece James and Marcos Alonso, two players who also started in the midweek win over Zenit St. Petersburg.


In the attack, Chelsea are missing out on the services of Christian Pulisic. But that shouldn’t faze Tuchel too much, as the German has the privilege of having a quality chance creator like Kai Havertz. The former Leverkusen sensation is really starting to hit the ground running in the Premier League and should be a main source of creativity for the Blues this weekend.

Havertz is expected to operate in the attacking midfield position alongside Mason Mount, just behind the main forward Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian is in fine form and has netted three goals in the last two matches. He is the danger man for Chelsea.

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