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Chelsea vs Malmo: Maurizio Sarri's Best Available Blues Lineup

Chelsea could get a chance for an immediate return to winning ways when they face Malmo in the second leg of their Europa League last 32 tie.


Maurizio Sarri's outfit lead 2-1 on aggregate after recording a narrow victory in Sweden, only to be knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of Manchester United on Monday evening. 


Ahead of a critical period that sees the Blues face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final three days after this fixture, several players are expected to be given rests including Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain. 


Here's how they could line up on Thursday night.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) - Conceding nine goals in his last three outings, the most expensive goalkeeper in history will be urgently seeking a much-needed clean sheet. 


Cesar Azpilicueta (RB) - Making more appearances than any of this defensive teammates this term, the Spaniard has been seen as a trusted figure under past and former Chelsea managers.  


Andreas Christensen (CB) - At the centre of ongoing transfer speculation, the Danish centre half will be aiming to hush critics with a commanding performance should he be handed a rare start.


David Luiz (CB) - Should the Brazilian get the nod ahead of Antonio Rudiger, Luiz will be hoping for a less eventful evening following his involvement in Chelsea's FA Cup loss.


Emerson (LB) - Limited to domestic and European Cup action, the former Roma full back has featured in six of their seven Europa League games this term. 

2. Midfielders

Mateo Kovacic (CM) - Registering two assists this campaign, average is probably seen as a fair assessment of the Chelsea loanee, whose potential permanent move to Stamford Bridge looks unlikely. 


Jorginho (CM) - Despite being made a scapegoat for the Blues' indifferent form term, the 27-year-old has been given numerous chances to atone for his under-par performances.


Ross Barkley (CM) - Having scored the opener in the first-leg victory, the Englishman will be desperate to continue his recent up-turn in form. 

3. Forwards

Willian (RW) - Shunted in recent weeks by Sarri, the Brazilian will be keen to show he deserves a place in the starting XI over fellow winger Pedro. He's netted two goals in seven appearances in European competition this term. 


Callum Hudson-Odoi (CM) - In line for a first start in five games, the 18-year-old wonderkid will look to double his tally in the Europa League after opening his account in November's 4-0 victory over PAOK.


Olivier Giroud (ST) - Chelsea's go-to-man in this Europa League campaign, the Frenchman has struck five goals in six appearances and is just one goal off RB Salzburg's Munas Dabbur who leads the scoring charts in the competition.