Chelsea Predicted XI vs Spurs: Colwill starts in 4-2-3-1 formation
Chelsea should’ve reaped the benefits of being handed a relatively easier fixture list and started the season well. But in spite of making progress in multiple departments on the field, Pochettino has failed to win games consistently.
As a result, CFC find themselves in the bottom half of the table and the situation could get even worse as the fixture list looks very unfavorable at the moment. After hosting Blackburn midweek where the Blues secured a 2-0 victory, the erstwhile Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach is set to travel to North London with the Blues.
Ange Postecoglou on the other hand has enjoyed a dream start to life at the Nort London club. Spurs are unbeaten in the Premier League so far and have claimed the top spot on the points table with 26 points surpassing their neighbors – Arsenal and the defending champions – Manchester City.
Predicted Chelsea XI (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Robert Sanchez (Spain): The Chels’ faithful were anticipating Djorde Petrovic’s debut in the EFL Cup against Blackburn Rovers. However the Gaffer chose to stick with the Spaniard in goal leaving the fanbase bewildered as it was the perfect game to hand the Serbian his debut. This probably means that Sanchez will be the one starting every game and will not be dropped unless he’s unavailable.
Right Back: Reece James (England)
Club captain – Reece James returned to the starting XI in the last game and is expected to the start the next game as well. The only doubt is whether or not he could play out the entire 90.
Centre Back: Thiago Silva (Brazil)
The former AS Monaco centre-back pairing played well individually but the Brazilian veteran’s experience could prove to be decisive in a game of such stature. London derbies mean a lot to the fans and considering Tottenham’s form this season, Pochettino would not want to risk fielding two young centre backs.
Centre Back: Levi Colwill (England)
Debatable but Colwill should be getting the nod alongside Silva. Benoit Badiashile played for Chelsea for the first time this season after missing the first few weeks due to a hamstring injury that he picked up at the end of last season. He played exceptionally well and then hit the jackpot by marking his return with a goal. However the Frenchman was replaced by Levi Colwill after completing 60 minutes who didn’t set a foot wrong after coming on. The English International has been one of the first names on the team sheet for Pochettino this season and is likely to retain his spot in the playing XI.
Left Back: Marc Cucurella (Spain)
Cucurella has been one of the most underrated players for the club this season, impressively covering for our unavailable fullbacks. However he’d have to do even better now as Badiashile and James’ comeback could pose a threat to his game time.
Central Midfield: Moises Caicedo (Ecuador)
The Ecuador International gradually recovered from his debut performance that was an absolute nightmare and is now one of the first names on the team sheet. Enzo Fernandez played with a very cautious approach last season, Caicedo’s presence in the central areas of the pitch has given Fernandez the freedom to take more risks. The duo were interviewed recently where Caicedo addressed their bond saying:
“It’s true; Enzo phoned me, and it was a night chat. I mean, the fact that a world champion was phoning you. One of the best midfielders in the world. Receiving that call was very nice, and he convinced me to come here. Now I’m enjoying playing alongside him.”