Predicted Chelsea XI to face Spurs: Potter set to make quadruple decision as Aubameyang snubbed again
Chelsea are hoping to claim their first win in six matches when they face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Graham Potter has told his team to start delivering on the pitch after they were booed off by upset and angry Chelsea fans last Saturday following their 1-0 defeat to Southampton, who are currently bottom of the table.
“My actions and the team have to convince them,” Potter said in his pre-match press conference of winning the fans over. “We’ve got to win football matches. There’s nothing I can say.”
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Chelsea have not won any of their last five games in all competitions – drawing three, losing two – and head to north London to face their fierce rivals having not won away from home since October 2022.
Currently in 10th place, Chelsea are 11 points behind Spurs and another defeat this weekend would all but spell the end of any Champions League qualification hopes for next season.
So how could Chelsea line-up against Tottenham Hotspur?
Possible XI: Kepa, James, Badiashile, Silva, Chilwell, Fernandez, Kovacic, Mount, Mudryk, Felix, Sterling
With Edouard Mendy still out, Kepa Arrizabalaga will continue in goal. Reece James and Thiago Silva were rested against Southampton and will return for the London derby on Sunday afternoon.
Cesar Azpilicueta is not available after sustaining a head injury last weekend. Potter confirmed: “He’s as ok as can be when you’ve had that concussion. He won’t be ready for the weekend as we have to go through the protocols, but he’s doing well.”
N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic remain unavailable, but the rest of the team is available after a “good week’s training”.
“We’ve had a good week’s training,” Potter told reporters. “Everybody is available apart from N’Golo and Christian Pulisic, who are making progress and joining the warm-up. They’ll be more integrated next week.”
Mykhailo Mudryk and Raheem Sterling will be pushing for starting roles in the capital after coming off the bench last weekend.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in contention to face Spurs are missing out in recent weeks, but whether he starts or David Datro Fofana remains unclear, with Kai Havertz also hoping for a start against Spurs.
“He’s had a really good training week,” confirmed Potter. “He’s available for selection.”
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