November 7, 2019 at 2:11 pm #1797867
Always a difficult game v Palace it’s their Cup Final.
Reece James coming in would make sense this lad has huge huge potential I can see Azpi moving to left back if he does.
If Mount isn’t fit I think Hudson Odoi will come in and Pulisic will move back into midfield to replace him.
Kante likely to start in place of Jorginho. Other than that it will imo be an unchanged team.November 7, 2019 at 5:05 pm #1797911
I think Emerson will start on the left. It will be a tough match, Palace are a team well-organized defensively. And there’s Gary Cahill’s factor. He knows well our team, our ex-captain. No news from Chelsea about Mount but I think he has a chance to feature as he just was called to England national team. Gareth Southgate would’t call an injured player. But anyway I reckon he needs a rest too. So whether he plays or not, there are players who would happily step in. I think we should not over use Pulisic too. I choose 3-4-3 as 3 CB would be safer against a counter-attacking team like Palace who have Zaha, Ayew, ex ours van Aanholt: all speedy players.
My team (3-4-3): Kepa – Azpi,Tomori,Zouma – James,Kanté,Kovacic,Emerson – CHO,Abraham,WillianNovember 8, 2019 at 9:23 am #1798031
This would be my team for Saturday: Kepa; James, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson; Kovacic, Kante, Mount; Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Pulisic. Not to say the others should be dropped but Lampard needs to rotate and keep the players fresh, if Mount as expected is still injured then Willian comes in. Pity RLC is still out, his going to be a major force in the team if he can stay fit. He is a bit injury prone.November 8, 2019 at 1:29 pm #1798115
Evening Standard’s predicted team? They’re usually fairly accurate.
Kepa, Azpilicueta, Tomori, Zouma, Emerson; Kovacic, Kante, Mount; Willian, Abraham, PulisicNovember 8, 2019 at 1:32 pm #1798116
Cant see our skipper not playing unless he is carrying an injury. Is Jorg suspended? If so I’d play the following:
Palace not an easy nut to crack but we are at home. We will need to tighten up at the back and watch out for them on the counter. They have pace but our defence is a lot quicker than it has been in the past. Azi may have slowed a bit but does have the experience and tactical nous to handle Palaces quick players. I’m expecting three points.November 8, 2019 at 1:58 pm #1798128
Frank says Mount in the squad for Sunday but he faces a late fitness test. Barkley is carrying a small injury and not in the squad for Palace.November 8, 2019 at 3:07 pm #1798144
We play better away than at home. We have to be at our best against Palace. They are tough to crack. And they have excellent counter attack.November 9, 2019 at 3:25 am #1798206
Welcome home for Gazza Cahill. He might have his hands full though with our young attack to contend with. We should win this. I’d be disappointed with anything less.November 9, 2019 at 11:41 am #1798246
strong line up here. Mount fit apparently and Kante back.November 9, 2019 at 12:24 pm #1798255
Another good selection by FL, just the one possible change maybe give Mount a break with his injury as well.November 9, 2019 at 1:59 pm #1798275
What a flick on by Willian. Lovely composed finish by Abraham for his 10th of the season. Hes definitely on to hit 20 provided he stays relatively inury free. Been impressed with Reece James overall but when in trouble in his penalty box he needs to hoof it clear..not try play from the back.November 9, 2019 at 2:29 pm #1798284
The Big White Bus got two punctures and Zaha failed his audition.😊
Chelsea up to 2nd now, 5 points behind Liverpool, 6 PL wins on the trot, Tammy joint top scorer and the youngest PL team Chelsea have ever played.😊
Who would have thought it even our old mate must be smiling.😊
And seriously how good was Reece James again 19 and he barely gave Zaha a kick.November 9, 2019 at 3:23 pm #1798299
And Willian MOM..another cracking performance. He’s a very valuable member of our squad in terms of what he does with and without the ball. Totally deserves to be starting.November 9, 2019 at 5:07 pm #1798322
Very true Stuilse.November 10, 2019 at 1:37 am #1798359
Reece James owned Zaha and is an amazing talent and as you mentioned Stuilise, he is only 19 years old.
The good thing is that everybody supporting this club must be so excited at the direction it is heading right now. I’d be interested now to discuss this aspect because I can’t really think of any player that deserves to be criticised right now for their ongoing form. Sure mistakes are made but that is normal. More the general week to week form of the players individually and collectively.
All the players that have been on the end of any criticism appear to have found some form. By that I mention Azpi, Zouma, Willian, Jorginho (from last season), Kovacic, Barkley (before being injured) even Alonso (mainly from an attacking sense as the defending is a bit dodgy). Pulisic has settled in now and is scoring regularly.
The only one that has yet to really find his feet is Hudson-Odoi however that will come in time with patience and increased fitness. Hopefully he has indeed recovered properly from his injury as Frank is certainly not rushing things with him.November 10, 2019 at 1:45 am #1798360
Oops 999 sorry, it was you that mentioned Reece’s age. What an amazing player he is.November 10, 2019 at 7:31 am #1798363
A game we had to win as the next game I think is City away, we would do extremely well to get anything out of that tie. The 1 selection Frank should really think about is resting Mount he has lost it a bit in the more recent games, needs a bit of refreshing plus I suspect those knocks his been taking do take their toll. Pulisic I rate better than Hazard was at the same age. Pity Rüdiger is out yet again for a few weeks but I’m really looking forward to see RLC in the team again, he has lots of competition as well for a starting position.November 10, 2019 at 9:06 am #1798377
It was a good job think everyone made a more than useful contribution, maybe a little more rotation is needed so players can be kept fresh and determined as some fans suggest. It is also amazing to see the electrifying skills of Pulisic, you cannot aquire that you have to he born with those kind of abilities.
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