Chelsea

Chelsea predicted lineup vs Newcastle - Premier League

Craig Vickers
Tuchel on the touchline
Tuchel on the touchline / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages
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Chelsea entertain Newcastle on Sunday as the Blues look to continue their impressive Premier League form despite the uncertainty surrounding the club.

Thomas Tuchel's side were rocked by the news on Thursday morning that owner Roman Abramovich had been sanctioned by the UK government, placing a limit on the club's activity for the foreseeable future.

The Blues responded with a convincing 3-1 win at lowly Norwich and Tuchel will hope off-field matters do not translate onto the pitch with 3rd place in the Premier League very much in Chelsea's grasp.

Here's how Chelsea could shape up.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Thiago Silva
Silva is a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Edouard Mendy (GK) - Arguably the finest goalkeeper on the planet, backed up by his recent trophy haul.

Trevoh Chalobah (CB) - Back from injury and he is likely to become even more prominent under Tuchel with Andreas Christensen set for the exit door.

Thiago Silva (CB) - One of the most important signings Chelsea have made in recent history.

Antonio Rudiger (CB) - Rested against Norwich but should make his return here.

2. Wing-backs & midfielders

Jorginho
Jorginho in action / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Cesar Azpilicueta (RWB) - Went off unwell against Norwich but will hope to return in time, particularly as Reece James is back on the sidelines.

Mateo Kovacic (CM) - The Croatian will be crucial during the run-in for Chelsea, and is likely to rotate in midfield with N'Golo Kante.

Jorginho (CM) - Proficient from the penalty spot and he keeps the Blues ticking in midfield.

Saul Niguez (LWB) - Marcos Alonso has struggled with Covid-19 symptoms recently and is unlikely to be ready to start this one.

3. Forwards

Kai Havertz
Havertz has been in excellent form for Chelsea / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Hakim Ziyech (RW) - Has made a huge impact in recent weeks, netting the late winner at Crystal Palace last month.

Kai Havertz (ST) - Are we beginning to see the best of the German in a Chelsea shirt? It certainy seems so.

Mason Mount (LW) - Christian Pulisic could return to the bench after his illness but Mount deserves to keep his starting spot for now.


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