Chelsea face Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday in a bid to strengthen their early-season title credentials.
After making numerous changes to the side for Thursday’s Europa League tie, it is expected that we will see a more familiar starting lineup named by Maurizio Sarri as they return to domestic action.
Here is Chelsea’s potential lineup for the Premier League trip to Southampton on Sunday.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – After Willy Caballero was drafted in for Thursday’s Europa League tie, it is likely that the Spanish goalkeeper will return to the team for this Premier League match after some impressive performances already this season.
Cesar Azpilicueta (RB) – Azpilicueta has been a Chelsea player for six years now and the experience he has in the Premier League has seen him become a regular so far this season under Maurizio Sarri. His ability to attack as well as defend can make him lethal against teams like Southampton.
Antonio Rudiger (CB) – The German international appears to have been given the nod as a first-choice centre back this season, but with the fringe players keeping a clean sheet on Thursday, there is pressure for Rudiger to perform in order to maintain his place in the team.
David Luiz (CB) – When it comes to David Luiz, it is always best to expect the unexpected. Whether it be roaming out of defence with wondrous footwork or overplaying and giving away a goal, there is rarely a dull performance from the Brazilian.
Marcos Alonso (LB) – Another fullback who poses a real attacking threat, Alonso could utilise the expected surrounding of Eden Hazard by finding gaps down the left wing. Southampton will also have to be careful not to concede free kicks around the area with Alonso showing his ability from set pieces on numerous occasions in the past.
N’Golo Kante (DM) – Doing all of the jobs that others don’t want to do and covering every blade of grass, the French international provides the platform for the rest of the team to launch attacks from throughout.
Jorginho (CM) – With Maurizio Sarri telling Cesc Fabregas this week that he has every chance of breaking into his starting lineup this season, Jorginho will have to impress again in the middle of the park if he is to continue to occupy that playmaker role.
Mateo Kovacic (CM) – The Real Madrid loanee has the ability to drop deep to receive the ball and then drive through opposition defences, which also allows his teammates to find space in other attacking positions.
Pedro (RW) – Willian has started each of Chelsea‘s last five games, which could influence Sarri to opt with the flair of Pedro in attack as he attempts to keep his team fresh as the congested fixture list builds up.
Olivier Giroud (CF) – Alvaro Morata scored in the Europa League on Thursday and he will be looking to build some form now, meaning that Giroud will be out to prove himself as the focal point of Chelsea’s attack.
Eden Hazard (LW) – The ability and potential of Eden Hazard has never been in doubt, but this season looks like it could be the one for the Belgian to establish himself as one of the best in the world.