Chelsea vs Wolves: Maurizio Sarri’s Best Available Blues Lineup

Chelsea welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, as the Blues aim to jump from sixth place to fourth, for at least a few hours.

The Blues kick off against Wolves at 14:05 GMT, before Manchester United and Arsenal meet at the Emirates Stadium later in the day. A win would be Chelsea’s fourth in a row and would see them leapfrog both United and Arsenal into the top four with a game in hand.

Maurizio Sarri has a fully fit squad to choose from but the busy schedule of playing on Thursdays and Sundays due to the Europa League may force the Italian to rotate a few players.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been back in action after returning from a back injury and there have been calls for the academy graduate to get the nod over Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley in midfield.

There is also competition for places at left back and in attack, so here’s how Chelsea could line up against Wolves on Sunday.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

David Luiz

Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – A man of the match performance against Fulham last weekend looks to have earned Kepa’s place back in Chelsea’s good books. 

Cesar Azpilicueta (RB) – Rested in midweek against Dynamo Kiev, the Blues captain made his Chelsea debut against Wolves seven years ago in September 2012.

Antonio Rudiger (CB) – Rudiger has missed just one league match this season – a 5-0 home win over Huddersfield.

David Luiz (CB) – Captained the side on Thursday and gave an impressive performance, particularly with his wide range of passes. One of the few true leaders at the club.

Emerson Palmieri (LB) – Difficult to say whether Emerson has displaced Marcos Alonso as the first-choice left-back, but the Italian is certainly in better form and should be selected.

2. Midfielders

Ruben Loftus-Cheek,Callum Hudson-Odoi

Jorginho (DM) – Determined to silence his critics, Chelsea’s metronome curled a beauty into the top corner at Craven Cottage on Sunday – his first direct goal contribution since the opening day of the season.

N’Golo Kante (CM) – Given a well deserved rest in midweek, the little Frenchman remains ever-present in the league this campaign.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (CM) – Consistently impacts games from the bench, the 23-year-old deserves to start ahead of the generally blunt Barkley and Kovacic.

3. Forwards

Pedro

Pedro (RW) – The Spaniard is in stellar form, earning two Man of the Match awards in three appearances, and Pedro himself has admitted this is the best form he’s been in.

Gonzalo Higuain (ST) – The opener against Fulham was Higuain’s third goal in eight appearances since joining Chelsea – a respectable start for the 31-year-old.

Eden Hazard (LW) – Hazard’s assist for Jorginho last Sunday was his 11th of the season – two more than anyone else in the Premier League.

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