Chelsea welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, hoping to hit their stride after a combined start.
The Blues started with a win in opposition to Brighton on the AMEX, but then put in underwhelming performances in opposition to champions Liverpool and newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion. The second-half comeback on the Hawthorns will have given Frank Lampard some hope, but he will come under strain if issues do not enhance.
On Saturday, they come up in opposition to a side who have made a constructive start to the brand new season, defeating Southampton on the opening day before pulling off a shock win at Old Trafford. Last week’s contentious home loss to Everton could have put a dampener on issues, but Crystal Palace promise to provide a stern take a look at for Chelsea.
Here is the side that Lampard may name to face the Eagles on the weekend.
Edouard Mendy (GK) – With Willy Caballero starting on the Hawthorns, it seems as if Kepa Arrizabalaga’s days are numbered at Stamford Bridge. Their newest arrival Edouard Mendy ought to take his place, particularly after a first rate displaying within the Carabao Cup in midweek.
Reece James (RB) – Probably the one defender to come away from the West Brom game together with his head held excessive, the previous Wigan loanee is a fixed menace down the right.
Thiago Silva (CB) – He could have had a nightmare debut, but there is no such thing as a denying the Brazilian’s class.
Kurt Zouma (CB) – The Frenchman scored on the opening day in opposition to Brighton, and will return to motion after being rested in opposition to West Brom.
Ben Chilwell (LB) – With Spanish full-back Marcos Alonso reportedly involved in a clash with supervisor Frank Lampard, summer time signing Ben Chilwell may very well be in line for his Premier League debut for the Blues after a nagging injury.
N’Golo Kante (CM) – The World Cup winner will not be the identical player he was a few years in the past, but he continues to be the best defensive midfield choice Chelsea have.
Mateo Kovacic (CM) – The Croatian has made 102 appearances for the west Londoners, profitable their Player of the Year last season.
Mason Mount (RM) – Mount’s goal helped spark the comeback on the Hawthorns with a long-range strike, though he suffered in mid-week, missing the deciding penalty as Chelsea had been knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Spurs.
Kai Havertz (CM) – Aside from a Carabao Cup hat-trick in opposition to Championship side Barnsley, Havertz’s career in England hasn’t taken off but. The 21-year-old might be trying to recapture the form he confirmed at Bayer Leverkusen, the place he scored 46 goals in 150 appearances.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (LM) – The teenager got here off the bench to score Chelsea’s second in opposition to West Brom. After missing out on the most recent England squad, Hudson-Odoi might be keen to impress – though transfer hyperlinks with Bayern Munich may see him kept on a brief leash.
Timo Werner (ST) – The Germany international opened his account in English football with a good finish on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday. Two more appearances for the 24-year-old will take him to 300 in his skilled career.