Chelsea Starting XI Prediction at Juventus (Champions League)

Entering this past weekend’s Premier League headliner fixture, where Chelsea lost to Manchester City, a lot of the talk was about how City boss Pep Guardiola might get too cute again with his tactics for that match.

Turns out it might have been Blues boss Thomas Tuchel who got too creative for his good, and maybe overthought it all. He doesn’t have long to ruminate, because he comes mighty Juventus, in European competition, and it’s an opportunity for the German to make sure he gets his tactics right.

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Chelsea Team News at Juventus: Mount, Pulisic, Jorginho, James

While Manchester City at Paris Saint-Germain is the headliner fixture of the next round of UEFA Champions League group stage play, Chelsea at Juventus is right there behind it. You don’t always get a match-up, in the group stages, of two teams that each have two UCL titles to their credit, so this is special; extra special.

Let’s take a look at who won’t be available for selection, and also who is doubtful for when the current holders take on the Serie A giants.

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Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction vs Manchester City

Without a doubt, the headliner fixture of the weekend is Manchester City at Chelsea FC, a series in which none of the last 12 meetings have ended in a draw, surprisingly. And while Chelsea have won the last three, the advantage over that 12 results shows City with the advantage, 7-5.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are no doubt strong Premier League title contenders, in the eyes of most keen observers, but in order to become the champs this season, they’ll first have to beat the current champions.

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Chelsea FC Team News vs Man City: Edouard Mendy, Christian Pulisic

At this point, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is probably in the head of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. After losing the first meeting to City in 2020-21, when Frank Lampard was still in charge, the Blues, with Tuchel at the helm, won the next three.

That said, the bookmakers seem to see this one was more even Steven, and not heavily favoring the London club. Both sides are priced at +165 to win, with a draw backed at +220.

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Manchester City Team News vs Chelsea: Gundogan, Laporte, Stones

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Manchester City and Pep Guardiola head to London looking for their first win over Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea. After notching up a win in the EFL Cup, the reigning Premier League champions will feel confident about their chances.

Last season, Tuchel was able to get the better of his counterpart three times and this included the Champions League final. These two teams will have a say in the fate of the league title, so this match will have a big impact on each club’s season.

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Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction vs Aston Villa (EFL Cup)

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Chelsea currently sit top of the table in the Premier League, having taken 13 points from a possible 15. With a major, and I mean MAJOR league clash coming next weekend against Manchester City, they’ll definitely use their Wednesday night EFL Cup clash against Aston Villa as a chance to do some squad rotation.

The Blues commence their League Cup campaign with this clash, in the third round. Let’s take a look at who manager Thomas Tuchel might select for his first team.

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Chelsea Team News vs Aston Villa (EFL Cup): Pulisic, Mendy

When Chelsea hosts Aston Villa in midweek, for an EFL Cup third round clash, they will remain without the services of first choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. The Blues No. 1 missed out of the 3-0 London derby win over Tottenham Hotspur yesterday, due to injury.

“We tried throughout the week and yesterday (Saturday) in training it was so-so,” explained Blues boss Thomas Tuchel. “It comes from the last-minute kick against Zenit in the Champions League.”

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Chelsea Winger Christian Pulisic Still Struggling with Injury Problems

Christian Pulisic was once asked by a reporter if he’s injury-prone, and of course he rejected the narrative. Pretty much any top tier professional athlete would, as there really is only one way to answer that question.

Unfortunately, the opposite seems to be true. Pulisic suffered an ankle injury during the last international break, during the United States’ World Cup Qualifying win over Honduras. He’s been out of action ever since, and he’s confirmed out for the London derby at Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow.

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Tottenham Hotspur Team News vs Chelsea: Son, Sanchez, Lucas

Tottenham return to Premier League action on Sunday as they get ready to host local rivals Chelsea in a much-anticipated derby. The north Londoners are set to be without a host of players, so let’s go through the list.

Spurs could not get the victory on Thursday, in their first ever UEFA Conference League match. That has to worry manager Nuno Espirito Santo, given how strong Sunday’s visitors appear to be at the moment.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs Chelsea

Tottenham did not get the result that they wanted in the Conference League as they could only draw against Stade Rennes. With a London derby on Sunday, as Chelsea come to town, how will Nuno Espirito Santo respond with his team selection?

The north Londoners were more dominant on Thursday but could not prevent the French side from scoring twice. They did well to secure a point after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg equalised. Nuno will be aware of the improvement that is needed if his team are to overcome the visiting Blues.

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Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction at Tottenham Hotspur

Chelsea FC have truly dominated Tottenham Hotspur over the course of their Premier League series, and hence they are considerable favorites in Sunday’s headliner fixture. The bookmakers have Spurs are priced at (+340) while Chelsea can be had for (-130). Meanwhile a draw is backed (+265).

Romelu Lukaku has been everything Stamford Bridge could have asked for and more. As Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has pointed out, he gives them exactly what they need, both on and off the pitch.

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Chelsea Team News vs Tottenham: Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante

In assessing the headliner feature of the Premier League weekend, Chelsea at Tottenham, let’s take a look at some very telling stats. Tottenham have conceded more Premier League goals against Chelsea (103) then they have against any other opponent in the history of the PL.

Spurs have lost more times in the PL (31) to Chelsea, then they have to anyone else, other than Manchester United. Additionally, should they lose here, it would then mark three league losses in a row at home to the Blues, something which hasn’t happened since 2004.

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