Chelsea will face Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening, with both teams aiming to advance from the semi-final stage into the finals of the tournament. In their most recent match, the Blues fell to Real Madrid on aggregate despite winnning 3-2 in a hard-fought encounter, but the Eagles lost to Leicester City by a tight 2-1 margin.
Ben Chilwell (knee) and Callum Hudson Odoi (back difficulties) are also expected to miss the weekend encounter, while Romelu Lukaku’s fitness will be determined on how well he recovers from his Achilles injury.
Thomas Tuchel is anticipated to stick with the 3-4-3 formation for the next match, but he is also expected to make a handful of changes. In midfield, Jorginho is expected to receive the nod over Mateo Kovacic, while Cesar Azpiliceuta is set to make his way back into the starting lineup.
Chelsea’s Predicted 3-4-3 Lineup Against Crystal Palace
When it comes to the forthcoming match, it is likely that Edouard Mendy will start in goal.
On Sunday, the Senegalese goalkeeper will be hoping to put in a solid performance and keep a clean sheet for his country.
Thiago Silva is set to start in the heart of the Blues’ defence, with Antonio Rudiger slated to fill the left centre-back position on the left flank. Cesar Azpilicueta will play in the right center-back position for the first time.
In the holding midfield roles, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante might play a more central role, with the former taking on a more central role. The duo would be seeking to establish themselves as the dominant force in the midfield.
Alonso may start at left wing-back, with James filling in on the opposite side as a right wing-back, or Alonso could start at center-back. Chelsea’s assaults in the opposing half would be anticipated to be slowed by the pair.
He will have to settle for a bench spot, but he may be called upon to come off the bench late in the game if the situation calls for it.
To play in the attacking midfield positions will be Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic. In order to create clear-cut goal-scoring opportunities for the front-men, the tandem would be chosen.
This weekend, Chelsea’s Kai Havertz may be the man in the middle. The 22-year-old striker will be looking to put the ball in the back of the goal as he comes up against a Palace defence that has maintained four clean sheets in their previous five matches across all formats.
The second forty-five minutes of the game might see Timo Werner make a brief debut.