On Wednesday, Chelsea faces Aston Villa at home and I’m expecting to see a bit of a change-up in the roster for this match.
The UK’s Sports Mole published the following potential line-up and I think this makes a lot of sense, considering Chelsea’s performance against West Ham United this past weekend.
Four of the frequently played are likely out for this match (Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Achilles), Antonio Rudiger (groin), Ross Barkley (ankle), Tammy Abraham (hip)), so it would make sense to go with the options above. Giroud is a player who is highly specialized in a few tactical options (and incredible in those specific set-ups), but with Abraham still likely to be out, it would make more sense to put Batshuayi up front. Also, seating Pedro, James and Kovacic only makes sense considering their performace against The Hammers.
Although Aston Villa drew their last match against Manchester United and won over Newcastle, the club did lose their previous three matches.