Chelsea team news: Expected 4-3-3 vs Krasnodar as Frank Lampard to make seven changes

Chelsea confirmed top spot in Group E with an emphatic 4-0 win away in Sevilla last week. With half an eye on two tricky away games at Everton and Wolves in the Premier League coming up, Frank Lampard may take the opportunity to rotate his team for the visit of Krasnodar to Stamford Bridge.

Goalkeeper – Kepa Arrizabalaga

Lampard has confirmed he will be handing his demoted stopper a rare start against the Russian side.

As Edouard Mendy continues to impress, Kepa knows he needs to take any opportunity he can get currently.

The former Bilbao keeper, who is rumoured to be leaving Chelsea in the near future, will be looking to put in an assured performance to attract the attention of any potential suitors.

However, in a relatively low stakes game against weaker opposition, the Spaniard is unlikely to be busy.

Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori, Emerson Palmieri 

It’s likely to be all change at the back with Lampard making full use of his back up players, albeit those who may not be at the club too much longer.

Club captain Azpilicueta should be given a start having recently lost his place in the Premier League to Reece James.

Tomori continues to seek a loan move away to continue his development and could partner Andreas Christensen who played a full 90 minutes in a rare start in Spain last week.

With Marcos Alonso seemingly frozen out completely, Emerson is set to be drafted back in after also starting against Sevilla as he too seeks a way out of the club.

Midfield – Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz

The highly rated Gilmour has been confirmed as a starter by his manager.

Lampard is looking to continue to nurture the 19-year-old by giving him minutes wherever he can, but remained coy on the possibility of sending him out on loan.

Fellow academy graduate Mason Mount could feature as Lampard looks to a more attacking midfield trio.

Kai Havertz may also be included as he continues his integration into the side, which was recently set back slightly by his period of self-isolation.

Forwards: Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner

Lampard has confirmed that Callum Husdon-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech will both be absent but still has a number of decent attacking players to call upon.

Pulisic is likely to be given more minutes as part of his continued rehabilitation from a serious hamstring injury earlier this year.

Abraham will be expected to play through the middle despite the form of Olivier Giroud who Lampard will look to preserve for the weekend.

There may also be the temptation to start Werner in a wide position as a way of building up the striker’s confidence in front of goal in a low-risk game.

 

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