Chelsea travel to Brighton on New Year’s Day for their third game in the space of six days.
talkSPORT begins the new decade in style with live commentary of EVERY GAME on Wednesday, starting with the lunchtime kick-off at the Amex.
The Blues will still be buzzing from their 2-1 victory at Arsenal after staging a dramatic late turnaround, although Frank Lampard will know his team got away with one.
They were outplayed for large spells at the Emirates and Lampard’s wing-back system, which worked so well in the victory over Tottenham, appears to have been found out.
Southampton nullified Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their 2-0 victory on Boxing Day and Lampard was forced to change formation just 34 minutes into the Arsenal clash.
So it seems the Blues will return to a back four on Wednesday, but who will play?
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Here’s what’s coming up in the New Year…
- Brighton vs Chelsea (Wednesday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT
- Burnley vs Aston Villa (Wednesday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2
- Southampton vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 3pm) – talkSPORT
- Newcastle vs Leicester (Wednesday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2
- Watford vs Wolves (Wednesday, 3pm) – talkSPORT app
- Man City vs Everton (Wednesday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT
- West Ham vs Bournemouth (Wednesday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2
- Norwich vs Crystal Palace (Wednesday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT app
- Arsenal vs Man United (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT
- Derby vs Barnsley (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2
- Liverpool vs Sheffield United (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT
Three games in six days means almost certain rotation, even for key players like N’Golo Kante.
The French midfielder has played every minute of Chelsea’s last seven games in all competitions, and given his injury problems earlier in the campaign, he could be due a rest.
That could see Mason Mount drop back into midfield having played in the front three against Tottenham and Arsenal, while Christian Pulisic might be set to return in attack.
Reports suggested the American was left out of the squad to face Arsenal due to a hamstring injury, but he later took to Twitter to reveal he is ‘100% healthy’, hinting it was a tactical decision.
Elsewhere, Jorginho looks set to regain his starting place having changed the game after coming on against Arsenal.
Lampard would probably rather use Reece James or Marcos Alonso over Emerson, who was poor before being hauled off in the first-half at the Emirates, but the pair look likely to miss out again through injury.
So here’s how talkSPORT.com expects Chelsea to line-up: