Chelsea will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup when they welcome fellow Premier League side Southampton to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
As disappointing as Norwich were at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Chelsea were simply irresistible, with Thomas Tuchel's side scoring seven unanswered goals against the Canaries to ensure that they would end the latest set of Premier League fixtures top of the table.
The Blues have enjoyed an excellent start to the 2021-22 league season, winning seven, drawing one, and losing one of their nine matches to collect 22 points, while they have scored 23 goals and conceded just three.
It would be fair to say that the EFL Cup is fourth on the list of priorities this season behind the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup, but Tuchel will be desperate to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition, with their spot in the round of 16 confirmed via a penalty-shootout success over Aston Villa.
The Blues are currently on a run of four straight wins in all competitions and will fancy their chances of beating Southampton, Newcastle United, Malmo, and Burnley in their next four encounters before traveling to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City on November 20.
Chelsea will again be without the services of Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, and Christian Pulisic for Tuesday's contest, while N'Golo Kante is unlikely to be risked due to a muscular problem.
Blues boss Tuchel will make wholesale changes to the side that started against Norwich in the Premier League, with Malang Sarr, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcos Alonso, Hakim Ziyech, Saul Niguez, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek among those expected to come into the side.
Kai Havertz could again be given the nod through the middle, while Reece James, Mateo Kovacic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Trevor Chalobah might retain their spots in the team.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa; James, Chalobah, Sarr, Alonso; Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Saul; Ziyech, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi
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