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EFL Cup: How Chelsea could line without injured players tonight.

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea will be going up against Southampton in an EFL Cup encounter at Stamford Bridge later tonight.

A place in the quarter-finals will be up for grabs tonight, as such, Thomas Tuchel is expected to name a very strong starting XI.

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Ahead of the game, the Blues remain without the trio of Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, and Christian Pulisic due to injury, while N’Golo Kante is a doubt.

Saul Niguez, Kepa Arrizabalaga, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are among those likely to come into the side.

In this article, looks at a possible way the German tactician could set up his starting XI for tonight's match. Check it out below:


In terms of playing style or system, Thomas Tuchel is likely to keep using the usual 3-4-3 formation with Kepa Arrizabalaga replacing Edouard Mendy in the goal.


At the back, Malang Sarr is expected to be given another start on the left-hand side of the three-man defense.

The duo of Andreas Christensen and Trevor Chalobah should fill other positions at the back.


As for the middle of the park, Saul Niguez has another chance to prove himself to the coach as he's expected to replace N'Golo Kante in the starting XI.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has been impressive lately, is also expected to start as an attacking midfielder.

On the left-hand side of the midfield, Marcos Alonso is expected to return to that spot while Reece James occupies the right-back spot.


Callum Hudson-Odoi is expected to form an attacking trident with Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech.

Image via Chelsea's Twitter page

Here's an illustration of what we're talking about below:

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Key Stat

The Blues have progressed from both of their EFL Cup ties against Southampton, with the most recent such meeting coming at this stage in 1997/98 in which the Blues won by 2 goals to 1.

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