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Chelsea are on the back of two important cup wins over Tottenham and Sheffield Wednesday as they return to Premier League action. The Blues travel to face Bournemouth, and a win should be on the cards given our current form.

Maurizio Sarri has some good news up front after Gonzalo Higuain made his debut in the FA Cup win over Wednesday. The Italian didn’t score but looked handy. The former Juventus striker should have had more training time after the weekend, and Chelsea should look to start him today.

Sarri doesn’t have any other injury concern and should be able to select his strongest XI. The Blues need the three points to stay in the top four.

Predicted Chelsea XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK)

The Spaniard has looked better in recent weeks and needs to be at his best against an unpredictable Cherries team.

Cesar Azpilicueta (RB)

The captain must start against the Cherries and has to be wary of the threat possessed by their attackers.

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David Luiz (CB)

The Brazilian has been a rock at the back for the Blues, and there is no reason why he should be dropped from the team.

Antonio Rudiger (CB)

Another player who has been a regular under Sarri. Rudiger has looked good in certain games and this will be another test for the German.

Marcus Alonso (LB)

Alonso has been rested a bit in the past week and should return to the starting XI for this clash.

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Jorginho (CM)

The Italian is one player who Sarri cannot drop, and the midfielder should start for us against Bournemouth.

N’Golo Kante (CM)

The Frenchman has scored a few crucial goals for us this season, and there is no doubt that he will start for us on Wednesday.

Mateo Kovacic (CM)

Another player who can’t or won’t be dropped unless something extraordinary happens. A sure starter.

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Eden Hazard (LW)

Hazard has gone off the boil in recent weeks, however, a return to the wing should help him get back to his best.

Gonzalo Higuain (ST)

It might be premature to expect goals from Higuain already, but the Argentine should put up a decent showing as he could get his first Premier League start for the Blues.

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Willian (RW)

The Brazilian was great in our win over Wednesday and even scored a stunning goal. Willian should start this game as we look forward to a win.

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Chelsea could face former Stamford Bridge favorite in the Carabao Cup fourth round

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Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur could face off in the Carabao Cup fourth round

According to The Sun, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are on a collision course to face off in the Carabao Cup fourth round.

This will come to fruition if we get the better of Barnsley and Spurs defeat Leyton Orient in the third round.

The potential tie will see two teams who have had excellent summer windows. In many ways, it could prove to be a game to watch if both managers decide to take it seriously.

Chelsea could face Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup
Chelsea could face Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup

Chelsea and Spurs have met twice in the final of the competition. Spurs got the better of us in 2008 while we repaid them the favour in 2015.

Both clubs have won the competiition a combined nine times. Chelsea has lifted the EFL trophy five times with our last triumph coming in 2015.

The clash will also see former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho return to the Bridge. Frank Lampard led the Blues to a double over Spurs last season as the apprentice showed the master up.

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Jose Mourinho has won the competition thrice with Chelsea

The Portuguese has, however, won the competition four times, thrice with Chelsea and once with Manchester United. This puts him joint top with Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough. Another victory will see him break away as the most successful manager in the competition.

Hopefully we can prevent that enroute to Lampard writing his name in the history books.

The other potential mouthwatering tie of the round is Arsenal vs Liverpool. Both teams met each other in the same round last season. In a thoroughly thrilling game, Liverpool prevailed on penalties after the match ended 5-5.

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While the Carabao Cup is seen as the less desirable of all the trophies, it is at the end of the day an honour.

More so, it will also be the first major final to be played in the season. Going all the way will surely give us the momentum to go on and end the season on a high.

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Chelsea starlet joins Turkish outfit on yet another loan spell

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Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker joins Trabzonspor on loan

As confirmed by the club’s official site, Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker has joined Trabzonspor on loan.

This will be the player’s eighth loan spell since joining the Blues as a youngster in 2004. He has made a single appearance for the senior side in January 2014. Baker came off the bench to replace Oscar in a 2-0 victory over Derby County in the FA Cup third round.

A promising player in his youth days, he was the club’s young player of the year in 2014. He also won the award for Chelsea goal of the season the same year.

Chelsea starlet Lewis Baker joins Trabzonspor on loan
Chelsea starlet Lewis Baker joins Trabzonspor on loan

Baker continued to shine on the international stage as he impressed for England youth sides. In fact, he won the Golden Boot as the Three Lions won the Toulon Tournament for first time in 22 years in 2016. (h/t The Guardian)

Now 25-years-old, it is fair to say that his time at Chelsea is coming to a close. According to a report by Football.london, Trabzonspor have the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.

Trabzonspor are managed by Eddie Newton
Trabzonspor are managed by Eddie Newton

In Turkey, he will once again play under ex-Chelsea midfielder Eddie Newton who was also a coach at Stamford Bridge.

Now the manager at Tranzonspor, Newton will have a good idea of Baker’s abilities. While he may not have made it at Chelsea, he could make a name for himself elsewhere.

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Baker has enjoyed loan spells both inside and out of England. He has played for Vitesse Arnhem, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday. Leeds United, Milton Keynes Dons and Middlesbrough.

During his tiime at Vitesse, he helped the club win the 2016/17 KNVB Cup, the only major trophy the Dutch side have won in their history.

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Not Bakayoko – Out of favour Chelsea star set for Serie A loan

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Chelsea outcast Davide Zappacosta set to join Genoa on loan

According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea outcast Davide Zappacosta is set to join Italian side Genoa on a season-long loan.

The 28-year-old joined the club from Torino in 2017. He has failed to make an impact and has won just 52 caps for the Blues.

Zappacosta spent last season on loan at Roma. An anterior cruciate ligament injury saw him make just nine appearances all campaign.

According to a report by Football.london, he is set to have his medical today ahead of sealing his return to the Italian top flight.

The player was keen to stay on and impress at Roma. However, that does not appear to be the case with a move to Genoa all but done. (h/t Football.london)

Chelsea outcast Davide Zappacosta will join Genoa on loan
Chelsea outcast Davide Zappacosta will join Genoa on loan

A right-back by trade, Zappacosta would have found it difficult to feature at Chelsea this season. Skipper Cesar Azpilicueta is the first-choice right-back with Reece James proving to be a fine backup.

With two more years to on his current deal, it is debatable if the defender has played his last game for the club. The fact that he is being loaned out would auggest that.

While it would have made more sense for Chelsea to sell him on a permanent basis, a loan will have to do for now. Also having attracted attention from Fiorentina, a good season at The Marassi will only draw more attention to his skills.

Reece James enjoyed a fine breakout campaign last season
Reece James enjoyed a fine breakout campaign last season

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It has been a season of change at Chelsea. Five first-team have stars have come in as the Blues attempt to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City.

We face Liverpool in our first home game of the season this weekend. It will prove to be an early test of our title credentials.

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Injury setback for Chelsea as four stars to miss blockbuster Liverpool clash

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Four Chelsea stars sidelined ahead of clash Liverpool clash

According to Football.london, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed that four key stars will miss the blockbuster clash against Liverpool.

Chelsea return to Stamford Bridge this weekend for the first home game of the 2020/21 campaign. With champions Liverpool our opponents, it is an early test of our title credentials.

However, given our injury troubles, Lampard will be without four of his prominent players. (h/t Football.london)

Christian Pulisic will not be fit to face Liverpool
Christian Pulisic will not be fit to face Liverpool

The players on the sidieline inlude Christian Pulisic, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Hakim Ziyech. (h/t Football.london)

“Chilwell is not ready for the game, neither is Christian Pulisic. We hope they will work well during the week.”

The quartet also missed the season opener against Brighton. Although we struggled at times, the Blues had enough quality to win the game 3-1.

Pulisic is a major miss given the impact he had against the Merseysiders last season. He caused Jurgen Klopp’s side plenty of problems in the UEFA Super Cup before giving us hope in the 5-3 loss at Anfield later on.

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Thiago Silva will have to wait for his Chelsea debut

While Silva is not injured, he only began training a few days ago. The game against Liverpool comes too soon for the veteran Brazilian, who led PSG to the Champions League final. (h/t Football.london)

“Thiago has been training for the last three or four days, but Liverpool will come too soon for him.”

Thankfully, there is some good news as striker Timo Werner is available to face Liverpool. The German ace suffered a dead leg in the match at Brighton. He has now recovered and is back in time to face Klopp’s Reds. (h/t Football.london)

Werner could make his home debut against Liverpool
Werner could make his home debut against Liverpool

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The match against Liverpool promsies to be a cracker given the rivalry between the clubs. While Lampard has played down his rivalry with Klopp, the game will be nothing short of a battle on the field.

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