The Blues will welcome Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge on Sunday for the most morbid of farewell parties, preparing to wave goodbye to a miserable year, some unwanted players and a handful of fan favourites who are looking to take their talents elsewhere.
With another miserable afternoon against a top-four side on the agenda, here’s how Frank Lampard could set up.
Chelsea predicted lineup vs Newcastle (3-4-3)
GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga – With Chelsea ready to listen to offers for Kepa, this could be the Spaniard’s final outing.
CB: Wesley Fofana – Fofana struggled horribly against Man Utd last time out but he deserves the chance to atone for his errors.
CB: Thiago Silva – Even Silva has not been immune to errors recently, but after Lampard called out his side’s defending in a four-man defence, expect the veteran to return in a three.
CB: Trevoh Chalobah – Chalobah has been guilty of some inconsistent performances but, in truth, who on this team hasn’t?
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RM: Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Reece James is injured and Cesar Azpilicueta can’t hang as a wing-back anymore. The dream here would be 20-year-old Dion Rankine but it’s likely to be Loftus-Cheek instead.
CM: Enzo Fernandez – Enzo’s willingness to square up to United and fight for his pride last time out has not been lost on Chelsea fans. A true favourite already.
CM: Carney Chukwuemeka – Absolutely deserving of another start after a thoroughly impressive performance in midweek.
LM: Lewis Hall – Speaking of thoroughly impressive, Hall looks like a true talent. These aren’t handout minutes either, the academy gem has earned them.
RW: Noni Madueke – Madueke is a dangerous winger who loves trying to beat his man. Chelsea need that skill set right now.
ST: Datro Fofana – The sight of Kai Havertz heading wide against United may have tipped some fans over the edge. It’s time for young Fofana to prove his worth.
LW: Joao Felix – On a day in which Levi Colwill’s commitment to Chelsea was questioned, Felix’s feelings towards the Blues supporters were clear as he acknowledged them in his celebration against United. The kind of commitment this team needs.
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