Predicted Chelsea lineup vs Bayern Munich: Frank Lampard to make Giroud or Abraham decision

Frank Lampard has some big decisions to make tonight when Chelsea return to Champions League football.

The Blues host Bayern Munich in the last 16 first leg at Stamford Bridge, and Lampard’s side will be hoping to have a good hold in the match for the away game.

Chelsea had a decent 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon, but the Blues will be up against a completely different task against the Bundesliga champions.

One question will be whether or not Lampard sticks with three at the back, with Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger at the heart of the defence.

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However, the big debate could be who starts up front, with Olivier Giroud impressing against Spurs, but Tammy Abraham now fully fit to return to the starting XI.

It’s likely that Lampard will go back to his number nine, with Giroud looking to come off the bench and make and impact later in the game.

As far as injury news, N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi are all out of action for the match.

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“Christian Pulisic is still out, Lampard said. “Callum Hudson-Odoi is out. N’Golo Kante is out.

“Pedro is back in contention, back in the squad, having missed the game with a small injury at the weekend.

“Callum is not far away but he’s out for this game. Ruben is fit, he’s in the squad.”

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Willian was on the bench for the win on Saturday, but it is likely that he will come back into the starting XI, while Mason Mount will keep his place in the starting XI.

Predicted Chelsea XI (3-4-2-1): Caballero; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Willian; Abraham.


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