Chelsea team vs Manchester United confirmed: Willy Caballero, Michy Batshuayi and Pedro start

Willy Caballero has retained his place between the posts for Chelsea for tonight’s crucial Premier League clash against Manchester United, while Michy Batshuayi starts up front with Tammy Abraham’s ankle injury not fully recovered.

Pedro also starts out wide with Willian coming in on the right, in place of Callum Hudson-Odoi. Mason Mount only starts on the substitutes bench as Frank Lampard opts for a midfield of N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho.

Olivier Giroud is also named on the bench after he failed to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.

Lampard said that he decided who would start between the posts last week but refused an opportunity to reveal his call in Friday’s pre-match press conference.

Kepa, the Spain goalkeeper, was dropped for the 2-2 draw away to Leicester City before the winter break but had responded well in training. However despite Caballero being unconvincing at the King Power Stadium, the veteran retains his place here.

Bruno Fernandes starts for United, who could give a debut to Odion Igahlo off the substitutes bench after his deadline day signing.

You can follow all the action in our live blog with Oliver Harbord and Alan Smith at Stamford Bridge right here.

Chelsea: Willy Caballero; Reece James, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic; Willian, Michy Batshuayi, Pedro. Subs: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Marcos Alonso, Olivier Giroud.


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