Predicted Chelsea XI to face Ajax in the UEFA Champions League
Things, though, are going to be far from straightforward when Chelsea host an in-form Ajax side on Matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League.
The Blues currently sit on top of Group H after beating the Dutch giants 1-0 at the Johan Cryuff Arena.
The 1-0 victory over Ajax marked Lampard’s second victory in the Champions League as a manager and he will be hoping for his team to continue their winning run on Tuesday.
Ross Barkley has been training with the squad and could return to the squad against Ajax. Antonio Rudiger is not being rushed as he is regaining match fitness after his ligament injury. Kante could return to the squad too after recovering from his groin injury.
Andreas Christensen (thigh) is still on the road to recovery, while Loftus-Cheek is unavailable as well.
Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK)
The Spaniard has to be at the top of his game on Wednesday to cope with a potent Ajax attack.
Cesar Azpilicueta (RCB)
The veteran has really come into his own over the last month following a lacklustre start to the campaign.
Kurt Zouma (CB)
The Frenchman seems to be growing in confidence with each passing game and Lampard should continue to rely on him in the absence of Christensen and Rudiger.
Fikayo Tomori (LCB)
The academy graduate has benefitted from Lampard’s faith in his abilities and he is likely to be handed another start after helping the Blues to yet another clean sheet at the weekend.
Marcos Alonso (LWB)
The Spaniard has come under scrutiny for his defensive frailties at times but he will be high on confidence heading into this game, having scored the winner to seal three points for his team against Newcastle.
Reece James (RWB)
The youngster produced an impressive display against Lille on Matchday 2 and he could once again find himself in the line-up if Lampard opts for a back-three.
Mateo Kovacic (CM)
The Croatian made a big impact against Newcastle after coming off the bench at the weekend and Barkley’s injury surely guarantees him a place in the eleven on Wednesday.
He has dictated the play with pinpoint accuracy in the middle of the park this term, evolving into a more dynamic asset under the watchful eyes of Lampard.
Mason Mount (LAM)
The starlet has been an influential figure for the Blues this season and Lampard is likely to have him in the playing XI.
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The veteran has really come into his own after a poor start to the season and he would have to bring all his experience and guile into play if Chelsea are to come away with a positive result against Ajax at home.
Tammy Abraham (ST)
The talismanic young centre-forward has already laid down a marker with some impressive displays in front of goal and should get a start.