Chelsea continue their quest for a top four finish when they host West Brom in the home fixture in an early kickoff on Saturday in the Premier League.
Thomas Tuchel has been an instant hit at Chelsea since he took over as the manager in January. The German manager has been able to get the best out of his players so far as the club remains unbeaten under his guidance.
Chelsea are currently fourth on the Premier League table, with just a two-point advantage over West Ham. However, going by their recent success, they should manage to secure a top four finish rather comfortably. The Blues’ last Premier league outing was an away trip to Leeds United, which ended in a stalemate. In the final stretch of the season, all eyes would be on the Blues to finish on a high, in both, the league and Champions League.
Thomas Tuchel will have several selection worries for the clash against West Brom as he keeps an eye on the Champions League quarterfinal clash against Porto in the midweek. A lot of his key players featured in the international fixtures and in that sense, the manager would not want to contend with any injuries in the campaign’s business end.
Edouard Mendy is expected to start between the sticks for Chelsea. Tuchel has gone in with 3-4-2-1 formation in the past couple of matches which has reaped him huge dividends. Thiago Silva is back in contention for a place in the starting lineup after serving his time on the sidelines due to an injury. The Brazilian should feature alongside Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rüdiger in the three man defence.
Reece James will operate as the right-wing back, whereas, Marcos Alonso will start as on the left-side. The Spaniard has won over his manager’s trust and is a natural fit in Tuchel’s offensive formation at Chelsea. N’Golo Kante suffered a hamstring injury during the International break and is set to miss the next week of action.
Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic should operate from the centre of the park in the absence of the Frenchman. This will be a good opportunity for the both midfielders to put up a good show and cement their place in the starting lineup.
Mason Mount has been one of the standout players for Chelsea this season and is expected to get start on Saturday. The Englishman carried his fine form with England as well, and is slowly becoming indispensable for both, club and country. Hakim Ziyech has finally seen his Blues career take off, as he has scored in his two previous starts for the club. The Moroccan is likely to get the nod over Kai Havertz this weekend.
Despite missing a sitter against North Macedonia during Germany’s 2-1 loss in the World Cup 2022 qualifiers, Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Timo Werner will start as the striker against West Brom. It is certainly high time that the German striker starts repaying the faith invested in him by his manager, otherwise, attentions may quickly turn to Olivier Giroud or Tammy Abraham, both strikers in a good run of form.