Chelsea travel to Spain tonight for a crunchy table-top decider after failing to score at Stamford Bridge on Sunday against Tottenham for the first time since a goalless draw at Old Trafford back in October.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard already eyeing a top finish in group E will relish the availability of all key first team players following a positive team fitness news earlier, for the first time this term, with the Blues geared up and ready to return to winning ways after last Sunday’s barren draw.
Hence, he’ll take a look at how Chelsea will most probably line up tonight against the reigning Europa League champions, bearing the mind the availability of first team players and the cruciality of the tie.
The Senegalese is expected in-between the woodworks tonight after sealing his number one spot with back-to-back stunning outings thus far for the Blues.
The 28-year-old was impressive earlier today also, during Chelsea training ahead of the clash after adding another clean sheet to his credit on Sunday.
Manager Frank Lampard would have opted to have Chilwell on the bench tonight, given that the Blues are already in the knockout stage of the competition, but with the first position on the line, Chilwell will again be needed at the left-back to provide more attacking threats for the Chelsea going forward.
36-year-old Thiago Silva will have a crucial role to play in tonight’s clash in Sevilla given his wealth of experience and needed maturity at the back.
Since joining Chelsea for free in the summer transfer window from the French capital, the Brazilian has become an essential force at the heart of the Chelsea defense line after the Blues paid dearly last since on a number of occasions for their defensive vulnerabilities.
Silva is also expected to continue his captainship of the Blues side tonight as he looks to add a much-coveted Champions League crown to his illustrious career.
Kurt Zouma has is largely tipped to form a formidable center-back pairing with Thiago Silva this season with the Frenchman enjoying enough play time this season ahead of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen in the pecking order.
James will operate from the right-back tonight as the English youngster hopes to find a conversion for his crosses tonight following Sunday’s disappointing response to his crosses from Tammy Abraham.
Kante has been pretty much impressive this season at the middle for the Blues and is no doubt for Sevilla clash as he aims to add the Champions League to his enviable collection of trophies, having won the World Cup, two league titles and the FA Cup with the Blues.
The Croatian international will once again tonight partner N’Golo Kante at the center of the park following series of stunning performances from the 26-year-old.
Havertz is was introduced into Chelsea’s goalless draw to Tottenham in the second-half but was unable to make any significant impact with Jose Mourinho’s lads neutralizing threats posed by the West Londoners.
The 21-year-old will be given a starting opportunity today following a difficult start to life at Stamford Bridge for the former Bayer Leverkusen man as he aims to provide creative attacking threats for the Blues.
The 22-year-old made a return to action on Sunday after several weeks on the sidelines after picking up an injury before Chelsea’s 0-3 win at Burnley.
The American will be deployed to his usual left-flank in tonight’s clash with hopes of finally evolving into Chelsea’s new ‘Eden Hazard’.
Timo Werner has been deployed to the flanks for a number recent games for the Blues in the absence of Christian Pulisic but will finally get a chance to start at the center of the Blues attack following Pulisic’s return from injury.
The 27-year-old Moroccan is yet to blossom into his assist-king status at former club Ajax but has over his past few appearances showed a glimpse of what he could become with the Blues, and will be given a start tonight as he hopes to provide extra creative attacking for Chelsea tonight.
Lampard is tipped to continue his 4-2-3-1 formation tonight as has been seen since this season for the Blues.