Chelsea face Wolves in the Premier League on Wednesday night, looking to build on their derby day success over west London rivals Fulham.
The Blues triumphed 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, as goals from Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek lifted Maurizio Sarri’s side back up to third place in the table following a minor blip against Tottenham the week before..
Sarri travels to Molineux with a fully fit squad to choose from, though he will have rotation in the back of his mind heading into the congested Christmas fixture period.
Here is a look at Chelsea’s best potential lineup to claim all three points against Wolves..
1. Goalkeeper and Defenders
Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – 11 clean sheets in 19 appearances is a remarkable start to life in England, as Arrizabalaga continues to establish himself as the Blues’ new number one. The Spaniard has two back to back clean sheets, although he had little to do in both wins against PAOK and Fulham.
César Azpilicueta (RB) – Chelsea’s captain has made 18 appearances this season, and makes up a back four that has played practically every game this season. Maurizio Sarri established this defence right from the start, and looks unlikely to change it for the trip to Wolves.
Antonio Rüdiger (CB) – Rüdiger has been solid in defence for Chelsea, playing 16 times for the Blues. He will certainly start on Wednesday, as he searches for yet another clean sheet.
David Luiz (CB) – Luiz had a quiet game on Sunday, but it was nevertheless an improvement on his poor performance against Tottenham. He is ever-present alongside Rüdiger, and should start with the German on Wednesday – although his recent dip in performances will be cause for concern.
Marcos Alonso (LB) – After an underwhelming performance against Fulham, Alonso will be looking to bounce back on Wednesday. It is fair to admit he had a poor game on Sunday, but as long as the clean sheets keep coming, he won’t be complaining.
Jorginho (CM) – Jorginho was impressive as ever against Fulham, and will be a key component in Chelsea’s midfield as they come up against the vastly experienced Joao Moutinho.
N’Golo Kanté (CM) – The Frenchman was outstanding on Sunday, as he has been all year. In his new refined attacking role, Kanté has made 18 appearances and he’s almost certain to start once more.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (CM) – After struggling to break into a strong Chelsea midfield for much of the season, Loftus-Cheek could get his third start of the season after netting as a substitute against Fulham on Sunday. The England ace will be keen to seize any opportunity that is afforded to him, with a loan spell away from the club heavily mooted.
Pedro (RW) – Pedro is likely to keep his place on the right wing following an impressive run of form. His goal against Fulham was Chelsea’s 1,000th in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge, and he will hope to make it two in two against Wolves.
Álvaro Morata (FW) – Despite a woeful miss last time out, Morata is likely to get the nod for Wolves. Seven goals is a decent return for most strikers, but in 19 appearances for a top level club, it is a concern. Nevertheless, Sarri still trusts the Spaniard – and Olivier Giroud is likely to make way as a result.
Eden Hazard (LW) – Although he wasn’t at his best against Fulham, Hazard is still the crown jewel in Maurizio Sarri’s side. Chelsea’s key man has eight goals and five assists this season, and will be eager to add to his impressive tally with the trip to Wolves.