Hudson-Odoi & Emerson in, Zouma & Chilwell out – expected Chelsea line-up against Rennes

Expect boss Frank Lampard to make changes for Chelsea’s fourth Champions League fixture of the season on Tuesday, with winger Callum Hudson-Odoi likely to start.

Chelsea have travelled to France to face Rennes knowing a third win from four in Group E is likely to be enough to ensure qualification with two games remaining.


But although making sure would give a most-welcome opportunity to rest players – and Lampard has hinted that he will make some changes – he is adamant he will still select a very strong side.

Thiago Silva should return after being rested for the win over Newcastle so, with Kurt Zouma having played in that victory, the Frenchman may well make way with the recalled Antonio Rudiger continuing at centre-back.

Ben Chilwell’s troublesome back injury may see Emerson come in and on the other side of defence the ever-dependable Cesar Azpilicueta is pushing to start ahead of Reece James.

In midfield Jorginho should start having been left on the bench for the past two games while it would not be a surprise if Olivier Giroud came in up front for just his second club start this term.

Kai Havertz is back after isolating because of Covid-19 but Lampard Has suggested the German he will be on the bench.

Out wide, Hudson-Odoi is desperate for game time and looked sharp while on England Under-21 duty, and it could also be the ideal moment to give Hakim Ziyech a breather after a busy spell since his return from injury.

Predicted Chelsea line-up: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Silva, Emerson, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Werner, Giroud




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