Four changes from Liverpool win – Predicted Chelsea XI to face Everton – Talk Chelsea
Posted On March 8, 2021
After a stunning performance in our 1-0 win away to Liverpool, the Blues will be hoping for a similar outcome against our Merseyside visitors, Everton.
Both Tammy Abraham and Thiago Silva were excluded from the matchday squad against Liverpool due to injury. The pair seem to have recovered since then, offering Tuchel the option of resting some key players.
Edouard Mendy remains in the net. The Senegalese stopper will be looking for his 4th consecutive clean sheet since the Southampton match.
In defence, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, and Cesar Azpilicueta will continue as the defence together. The absence of Thiago Silva has allowed Christensen to establish himself in the middle of a back three, and the Danish defender has looked top class ever since. A change in personnel at the back does not seem likely at the moment.
Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi will occupy the left and right wing-back positions. After being rested against Liverpool, it would be a huge surprise to see Hudson-Odoi on the bench once more. Likewise, a return for Marcos Alonso could be on the cards after failing to start either of the last two Matches.
N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic will be the two holding midfielders. This is a difficult decision for Tuchel, but the all-round play of Kovacic might just earn him a place in the starting XI over Jorginho.
Tuchel’s been talking about ways to best manage Kante because of his injury record. However, this might not be the best time to rest the Frenchman. After a brilliant individual display against the Reds, it would do more harm than good to take him out of the team now.
In attack, Mason Mount and Timo Werner will play behind the striker. Mount scored a brilliant opening goal against Liverpool and is earning his right to play, week in and week out.
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Timo Werner has not had the same luck, but his eagerness and willingness to change that is Evident. His goal-scoring form has not skyrocketed of late, but Tuchel seems to be pleased with the German’s contributions to the team.
Up top, Olivier Giroud will return to the side. Abraham’s fitness is still questionable after being out of the side recently. As a result, a start for Giroud seems to be the most likely option.
Full Predicted XI
Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger
Hudson-Odoi, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso