Predicted Chelsea line-up to face Liverpool in the Carabao Cup
Chelsea will kick-start their Carabao Cup campaign with a third round away trip to Liverpool on Wednesday night. Maurizio Sarri’s men, who began their league season with five consecutive wins, were held to a 0-0 draw by West Ham United on Sunday.
They now face a Liverpool team who are boasting a 100% record in all competitions. As a part of a narrating coincidence, these two teams will clash again on Saturday in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.
Pedro and Antonio Rudiger are out for this game due to injuries. Expect some changes from the manager as he might save his main players for the all-important league clash against the same opponent.
Probable Chelsea XI
Manager: Maurizio Sarri
Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK)
The Spaniard has looked uncertain whenever he has been tested. Sarri should start him in the cup games to give him more minutes and confidence.
Davide Zappacosta (RB)
Cesar Azpilicueta is expected to be rested, so Zappacosta is certain to start at right-back.
Andreas Christensen (CB)
The Dane hasn’t been able to get playing time under the new manager. He may have to do well in the cup games and hope for a recall.
Gary Cahill (CB)
With Rudiger out, Sarri may not risk David Luiz. As a result, Cahill could get his chance to start a game this season.
Marcos Alonso has started every game this season, including the Europa League. The Spaniard might get an off this midweek and Emerson might probably get his first start of the season.
Danny Drinkwater (CM)
The Englishman hasn’t been able to break into the first-team this season. Expect him to play a part at Anfield this Wednesday.
Cesc Fabregas (RCM)
The Spaniard is back from injury and may get this game as a chance to gain match fitness.
Ross Barkley (LCM)
Barkley began the season as a first-choice but since the arrival of Mateo Kovacic, the Englishman has been a substitute. Expect the latter to get a rest and the former to play.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (LW)
Eden Hazard and Willian could be rested for the upcoming game. Hence, Hudson-Odoi might get his chance to play this cup tie.
Alvaro Morata (ST)
The Spaniard has been out of sorts this season, forcing Sarri to bench him in the past few games. He should make use of this opportunity to challenge Olivier Giroud.
Victor Moses (RW)
As mentioned earlier, Willian and Hazard may get a rest, meaning Moses could get his first start of the season.