Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has said that both Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell are in good condition to start in his side’s Premier League clash against West Brom on Saturday evening.
Silva and Chilwell made their Chelsea debuts in their 6-0 victory against Barnsley in the Carabao Cup third-round tie on Wednesday.
When asked at his pre-match press conference on Friday if both players would start against West Brom, Lampard said: “We play another game with a pretty tight turnaround on Tuesday and then another game on Saturday, and then some international players will maybe go and play three games for their countries, so I am managing that one.
“But having come through the game the other day as they did, particularly Thiago [Silva] who did start that game and had 60 minutes in the tank, that was good to see.
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“With Ben [Chilwell] I will maybe be a little more cautious just to make sure.
“His injury has been quite a challenging one, and I will make those calls, but they are in a good place at the moment.”
The kick-off time for the match is scheduled at 5:30 pm.
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With Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva making their debuts on Wednesday night, it means that they’re one step closer to forcing their way into the starting eleven, but Saturday evening could be too soon for the pair.
After an impressive link-up display against Barnsley with Kai Havertz, Lampard may look to start Tammy Abraham with Timo Werner playing out wide on the left-hand side.
With Andreas Christensen suspended, after picking up a straight card against Liverpool, Fikayo Tomori will be looking to earn his first start of the season.
After making his debut on Wednesday, Ben Chilwell is in contention to make his first start for Chelsea this weekend.
Willy Caballero will be giving Lampard a headache after his solid performance in the cup clash with Barnsley. Kepa Arrizabalaga may be dropped with the Spaniard gifting Liverpool their second goal last weekend.
German forward Timo Werner will be looking to get his first senior goal on Saturday evening
Chelsea takes on West Brom at the weekend and Frank Lampard has the chance to reignite a formation that has served him well in the past.
Three days separate Chelsea’s colossal victory over Barnsley in the Carabao Cup and the Blues’ Premier League trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon. Thankfully, Frank Lampard has the squad depth to rotate and refresh, although he won’t want to disrupt the flow of a 6-0 winning side.
Slaven Bilic has opted for a three-man back line for the first time during his short tenure in the Midlands, hence the reasoning behind this predicted Chelsea XI line-up for the upcoming clash:
Willy Cabellero (No. 13) Goalkeeper, Argentina
Edouard Mendy will likely have to delay his debut a little longer as he accustoms himself to his new surroundings and teammates. There really seems no redemption for Kepa Arrizbalaga, hence why Cabellero keeps his place between the sticks. The veteran keeper has generally been reliable when called upon and with Thiago Silva now in motion, he hopefully won’t be tested too heavily against the Baggies.
Reece James (No. 24) Right wing-back, England
James sat out the midweek win over Barnsley, allowing Cesar Azpilicueta to get some minutes under his legs. It would be harsh for Lampard to now drop James after a good start to the season, instead of pigeon-holing the pair in as part of a back three/five. This will provide a license to roam forward with the added reassurance behind him; a recreation of that Brighton & Hove Albion performance would be nice.
Cesar Azpilicueta (No. 28) Centreback, Spain
Having only just returned from injury, it would be unfair to ask the captain to bomb up and down the touchline as a fullback. Of course, Azpi would do that without a fuss. But to protect his aging legs, it’s best to give him more responsibility facing the play rather than worrying what’s happening behind him.
Thiago Silva (No. 6) Centreback, Brazil
Silva was not greatly examined during the Barnsley match and West Brom is far from clinical upfront. However, the Blues did greatly receive a clean sheet with the Brazilian in attendance, which can only bring confidence into a tie that will undoubtedly be a physical examination of the Blues’ metal.
Kurt Zouma (No. 15) Centreback, France
Zouma has the potential to become one of the league’s finest centre halves, yet his growth has been stunted by the partners that he has been forced to pair with. Alongside Azpi and Silva, the Frenchman really can take his game to the next level. He will thrive in the close quarters contest that the Baggies will look to deploy
Ben Chilwell (No. 21) Left wing-back, England
First appearance, first assist. Normal service resumed for Chilwell after coming from the bench against Barnsley, setting up Olivier Giroud with a delightful cross. He can really lay down the law as the first-choice left back with a couple more goal contributions, albeit in a refined position that does actually give him a platform to play on the front foot.
N’Golo Kante (No. 7) Central midfielder, France
Kante played no part on Wednesday evening, probably exhausted from the major shift he put in during the defeat to Liverpool last Sunday. There are few better sights than the midfield machine in full operation and he will enjoy the robust battle that Jake Livermore has to offer.
Mateo Kovacic (No. 17) Central midfielder, Croatia
On the other hand, Kovacic played the full 90 minutes midweek and although rotation is vital considering the fixture congestion, the Croatian is just too good to drop. His elegance is unrivaled by his fellow central midfielders and if he and Kante can form a consistent relationship in the Chelsea spine, who knows how far this team can climb.
Kai Havertz (No. 29) Right winger, Germany
“Hat-trick for Havertz” has a beautiful ring to it and although it may not be ushered frequently, taking home the match ball will have done the young star a world of good. As a part of the front three, Havertz can roam freely without the worry of dropping deep to receive the ball, nor his defensive duties. If he can get beyond the last man, like we’ve become accustomed to him doing in the Bundesliga, then the Baggies have a real test on their hands.
Timo Werner (No. 11) Striker, Germany
Werner will have been secretly fuming that his fellow countrymen was stealing all the goalscoring headlines. Yet, to open his competitive account, the striker could easily end his mini-duct against a West Brom defence that has shipped ten goals in three matches. His tireless runs in behind will certainly benefit Havertz and Mason Mount, but Lampard will want Werner to be more expressive closer to the opposition net.
Mason Mount (No. 19) Left winger, England
Seemingly undroppable, Mount keeps his place because he suits this system so well. His energy in the press was so beneficial last campaign, he simply needs to replicate that kind of persistence when West Brom has possession