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Kovacic And Alonso To Start | 3-4-2-1 Chelsea Predicted Lineup Vs Norwich City

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Chelsea will lock horns with Norwich City at Carrow Road on Thursday night as they look to collect maximum points on their travels. The Blues managed to secure a dominant 4-0 victory over Burnley last weekend which will give them a lot of momentum ahead of this Premier League showdown in midweek.

Thomas Tuchel could set his team up in a 3-4-2-1 formation and is expected to make a couple of changes to his first XI for this game. Both Mateo Kovacic and Marcos Alonso could play from the start while Jorginho and Saul Niguez drop to the bench.

3-4-2-1 Chelsea Predicted Lineup To Face Norwich City

Defence

Edouard Mendy will operate in between the sticks for the West London giants after he earned a clean sheet versus Burnley last weekend. Tuchel could stick with the same back three of Trevoh Chalobah, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger as they try to keep things solid at the back during the 90 minutes.

Andreas Christensen will offer cover for the centre-back positions on the Chelsea bench.

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Midfield

Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante will anchor the midfield for the Blues as they focus on dominating possession at the centre of the park in the hopes of creating some inviting chances in the Norwich half.

Marcos Alonso is a major doubt for this game after missing the last game because of a Covid-19 positive test. The Spaniard should get a start on the left flank if he can recover in time for this game. Reece James will fill in on the other flank as the right-sided wide player.

Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount will be given the freedom to express themselves in the final third as they will act as Tuchel’s free-flowing attacking midfielders.

Jorginho might get a rest on the bench but could come on to make an impact in the second half if needed.

Attack

Kai Havertz will lead the line for the London outfit up top. The German talent managed to score a brace versus Burnley, so he will be full of confidence heading into this midweek game on the road.

Romelu Lukaku will be available for selection on the bench as he waits for his chance to impress in the latter stages if Chelsea are in need of a goal by then.

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