Chelsea kick off proceedings in the Premier League after the winter break with a home fixture against Man United on Monday and Frank Lampard could have some major selection dilemmas.
Team News: Lampard will be keeping his fingers crossed over the fitness of star attacker Pulisic as he continues his recovery from a muscle injury. Tammy Abraham had to play through his ankle problem against Leicester City before the break but he is likely to lead the line on Monday.
Ruben Loftus Cheek has been making strides in his comeback from a long-term injury but is unlikely to be fast-tracked back into action immediately after the break.
Kepa was dropped before the break but we have presumed here that the Spaniard will start ahead of Caballero against Man United on Monday.
Option 1: 4-3-3 with Abraham, Willian and Hudson-Odoi up top
Hudson-Odoi has started each of Chelsea’s last six games across all competitions since Pulisic’s injury on New Year’s Day and he could once again get the nod to play alongside Abraham and Willian in the front three if Captain America doesn’t recover in time.
Option 2: 4-2-3-1 with Pulisic, Mount, Willian and Abraham in the attack
Pulisic will presumably start on Monday in place of Hudson-Odoi if he is back to full fitness and Mason Mount could get yet another start in a No.10 role if Lampard opts for a 4-2-3-1 system. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Option 3: 3-4-2-1 with Hudson-Odoi, Willian and Abraham leading the line
Lampard’s counter-attacking system has brought success on a few occasions this season and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he opts for something similar on Monday against Manchester United who themselves rely on a counter-attacking style.
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