Frank Lampard’s big Kepa decision, striker dilemma: Chelsea predicted line up vs Tottenham

It is a crucial London derby for Chelsea this weekend as they battle with rivals Tottenham in a crunch clash in the race for the top four.

The Blues host Spurs at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with Frank Lampard’s men looking to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat at home against Manchester United on Monday night.

Chelsea go into the game just one point ahead of Spurs, with the Blues’ advantage in fourth place being cut after a poor run of form in recent weeks.

But can the Blues turn around their home form against Spurs, who they beat 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium back in December?

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Lampard has some decisions to make over his team selection for the game, with Tammy Abraham still a doubt after missing the defeat against United.

Who will start for Chelsea against Spurs though?

We take a look at the options for Lampard, below.

Senior football writer Alan Smith

Injuries make this a very hard one to predict. Much will become clearer when Frank Lampard gives his pre-match press conference on Friday lunchtime but he will be desperately hoping Tammy Abraham is fit to start up front.

If that ankle injury keeps him out Olivier Giroud will likely start for the first time since November up front after Michy Batshuayi’s struggles on Monday against Manchester United.

Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Lampard will likely stick with Willy Caballero in goal to further frustrate Kepa, while N’Golo Kante’s injury should see a midfield three of Mason Mount, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.

Andreas Christensen could play with a protective mask on his broken nose but it would be good to see Fikayo Tomori return alongside Antonio Rudiger.

Alan Smith’s team (4-3-3): Caballero; James, Rudiger, Tomori, Azpilicueta; Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount; Willian, Giroud, Pedro.

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