Chelsea are as ready as they are going to be with a new manager at the helm, a two-window transfer ban, and without ‘world-class’ attacker Eden Hazard – so a trip to Old Trafford up first in the Premier League, how could Chelsea line up against Manchester United?
New manager Frank Lampard could go a number of ways to start off the new season, mixing a blend of youth and experience or going as tried and trusted as close to what former boss Maurizio Sarri lined up with last season.
Pre-season has seen the emergence of the 4-2-3-1 formation as Frank Lampard’s favoured shape for Chelsea and it’s likely to be on show against Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.
N’Golo Kante is the interesting pick for Sunday, with the French World Cup winner missing out on a number of pre-season games with injury, but having returned to full training, it could be that he’s thrown straight back in for a game that neither Lampard or United boss Solskjaer will want to lose.
Ross Barkley is one that is really set to benefit from the appointment of Frank Lampard and the sale of Eden Hazard, the Englishman is set to get the nod on Sunday and could be deployed in the number 10 role just behind the striker. That licence to attack and be creative could see Barkley hit some of that form that earned him plenty of plaudits while at Everton.
Tammy Abraham has been impressive in pre-season, scoring against Barcelona and Borussia Monchengladbach, and after being handed the number nine shirt this season, the 21-year-old looks set to start against Manchester United for Chelsea – can he build on the form that helped him earn Aston Villa promotion last season?
Although signed back in January from Dortmund, this will be the first time that Blues fans will see Christian Pulisic pull on a Blues shirt competitively and he’s almost certain to get the nod on Sunday for Lampard’s first Premier League Chelsea line up. Expect him to start on the left of a front three, alongside Abraham and Pedro this weekend – with Willian and Hudson-Odoi not ready.

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