With the sad withdrawals of the more lauded and decorated thread starters, I am afraid it left to me to step into the breach left by other, better men to try and bring this one home.
Chelsea’s form has been patchy of late and their much admired defensive strength has been thwarted in the main: Of the last six, won 2, drawn 3 and lost 1 for 9 points from a possible 18. They have also only scored 10 while conceding 8 for a paltry + 2 GD. Any way you shake it, its rather poor.
Our form was brilliant until falling away a bit very much due to our own failings (and some diabolical refereeing, it must be said). Last 6 sees 4 wins a draw and a loss for a creditable 13 points from a possible 18 having scored 11 and conceding 5. The dropped points have come in the last two games, however, which is a concern and some of the lads from front to back really need a bit of a kick up the back side.
Its been noted that some players missed training yesterday so not going to predict a midfield but I think its a safe bet that Salah, Mané and Jota start up front while the back five will probably remained unchanged although Konaté in for Matip could be a shout.
With Arsenal likely to roll over and get their belly tickled by City tomorrow we could be facing a 12 point gap by the time we kick off on Sunday so if we still want to be running in this race then the lads need to stop faffing about and give Chelsea a kicking.