Predicted Chelsea XI: Tuchel makes four changes, Kai Havertz starts
Chelsea will look for revenge over Leicester City when the two teams meet at Stamford Bridge tonight. The Blues were beaten 1-0 in Saturday’s FA Cup Final by Brendan Rodgers’ team.
The incentive is different tonight. If there is a loser in tonight’s game, they will find it extremely difficult to qualify for next season’s Champions League, with Liverpool hot on the tails of both clubs.
Saturday might have handed a psychological win to Leicester and as a result, Thomas Tuchel could make some changes for this evening’s game.
We looked at the team he could start against the Foxes during tonight’s massive Premier League fixture.
In goal and back three
Edouard Mendy should return in goal to replace Kepa who has started the last two matches for Chelsea.
Cesar Azpilicueta could return to centre-back after playing right-wing back in Saturday’s cup final.
He will join Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva in a three-man defence that Tuchel has utilised since arriving.
Wing backs and midfield
Reece James will keep his place on the right-hand side but Ben Chilwell could return to the starting line-up after being forced to settle for a place on the bench at the weekend.
The 24-year-old thought he had forced an equaliser for the Blues in the final minute before VAR intervened. He will replace Marcos Alonso.
N’Golo Kane is one of the first names on the team sheet but alongside him, Tuchel could choose to hand Mateo Kovacic a return.
The £100,000-a-week midfielder has been missing for a month through injury but could make the squad tonight.
Mason Mount pretty much picks himself these days. He’s scored nine goals and claimed eight assists for Chelsea this season and looks integral.
Alongside him, Hakim Ziyech should get another chance to start but there could be a change in attack.
Timo Werner started the cup final on Saturday but Kai Havertz could start in a perhaps unfamiliar striking role this evening.
Here is how Tuchel’s team could look this evening:
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