Predicted Match Line-Up: Who Should Lampard Start Against Newcastle?

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Frank Lampard’s Chelsea team is beginning to click, and the Blues are now playing with a certain swagger that is the envy of other club fans.

Chelsea’s next game is a home fixture against Newcastle United, and Lampard will be hoping for a fifth consecutive victory and a third straight league win for the Blues.

But who should Lampard start in today’s game at Stamford Bridge?

A number of Chelsea players were on international duty over the past two weeks, with N’Golo Kante, Andreas Christensen (both groin) and Mateo Kovacic (knock) suffering fitness issues.

The trio are all doubtful for the weekend although Lampard has revealed that Kovacic is now back in the team, but refused to say whether he would feature against the Magpies.

This would probably be the best line-up for the Newcastle game today:

Chelsea starting XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley if Kovacic isn’t fit), Mount; Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham.

Lampard revealed in his press conference that competition for places in the Chelsea team is high and that he’s finding it difficult to pick his team each week.

“I’m sympathetic to every one of my players. Every game, every selection, I want a group that’s going to be successful over a period of time,” Lampard told the media.

“To analyse over one game or three games or five games or ten games is difficult for me because sometimes the team will do the talking on the pitch, like they’re doing at the moment. I’m sympathetic to all of them.

“They’re not easy decisions I have to make every Friday, every Saturday, as the week comes to an end. I’m always thinking of the bigger picture and that’s all the players, not focusing on anyone individually.

“I’m sympathetic, yes. Some players will make you feel you need to be a bit tougher, some the opposite, you put your arm round them. I want the best for all of them and then I have to pick my team as I see it.”

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