The English Premier League returns today, with Chelsea hosting Fulham in a west London derby. The Blues will be buoyant after back-to-back clean sheets against Crystal Palace and Liverpool.
CHE vs FUL: Raheem Sterling, Reece James, Ben Chilwell, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all back in contention for the Blues, who have had a week off since their last game against Liverpool.
Mateo Kovacic, Edouard Mendy, N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic, Wesley Fofana, Armando Broja, and Denis Zakaria are the only players who have yet to return for the Premier League clash.
Furthermore, Graham Potter has received a significant boost as a result of the transfer market signings of Todd Boehly and others. . Noni Madueke has yet to make his first start in west London, while Mykhailo Mudryk made his debut against Liverpool.
Enzo Fernandez, the Blues’ new British transfer record signing, may not be available due to paperwork and work permit issues after joining on deadline day.
With that said, let’s take a look at the possible starting lineup against Fulham tonight.
Kepa Arrizabalaga will remain in goal, and James may start at right back but may not play the entire 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge. Thiago Silva, Benoit Badiashile, and Marc Cucurella are all possible starters in defence.
Conor Gallagher, Mason Mount, and Lewis Hall are the available midfield options for Potter, who will be without Jorghino, Kante, and Kovacic.
The offensive line
Mudryk and Noni Madueke could make their debuts in the front four, while Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech could all remain in the lineup.
Fulham vs. Chelsea: 3 Chelsea stars who have returned to training and 7 others who will miss Thursday’s EPL match
Joao Felix is serving the final of his three-game suspension after being sent off against Fulham in mid-January.
Predicted Chelsea XI:
Kepa Arrizabalaga; Reece James, Thiago Silva, Badiashile, Cucurella; Gallagher, Lewis Hall; Ziyech, Mount, Mudryk and Kai Havertz.
Potter’s Dream lineup