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Ross Barkley to start in Chelsea preferred XI vs Aston villa in the EFL cup today

Chelsea football club takes on Aston Villa in the EFL cup later this evening as they hope to advance to the next round of the Carabao cup competition,

The starting eleven could witness a wholesome change with some of the more popular names like Ngolo Kante, Romelu Lukaku, Antonio Rudiger making way for fringe players.

The line up will equally be a chance for the coach to see the likes of Ruben Loftus-cheek, Ross Barkley, Saul Niguez, Malang sir prove their worth in a Chelsea shirt.

So below we are predicting a starting line up that will get the job done at stamford bridge.

Goalkeeper. Kepa Arizabalaga will probably have his chance to start in back to back games with Edouard Mendy out through injury.

Back three. The back three set up will look a little different with Trevoh Chalobah, Cesar Azpilicueta and Malaang Sar expected to line up in defence.

Wing back. Finally Ben Chilwell will have a taste of game time from the start today with Callum Hudson-Odoi featuring in the other wing back slot

Ben Chilwell

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Midfield. In the middle of the park Chelsea is expected to give game time to Ruben Loftus-cheek, Saul Niguez and Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley could be back in midfield for Chelsea

Ruben Loftus-cheek ready to play

Attack. The attack will involve Hakim Ziyech linking up with Timo Werner, it is a lineup that have proved successful in the past.

Hakim Ziyech will be back in the team tonight

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