Rudiger out, Tomori in – Chelsea predicted line up Frank Lampard should pick vs Bournemouth

It is back to Premier League action for Chelsea this weekend as they head to the south coast to face Bournemouth.

Frank Lampard’s men will be smarting after a 3-0 defeat at home against Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on Tuesday night, which leaves them with a mountain to climb in Germany to overturn the deficit and reach the quarter-finals.

But the Blues boosted their chances of qualifying for the Champions League again next season with a 2-1 win against London rivals Tottenham last weekend, strengthening their position in fourth place in the Premier League.

However, Lampard’s men will need to keep winning to stay ahead of the chasing pack, with Manchester United now within three points of them, and Spurs, Sheffield United and Wolves all within five points.

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This weekend, Chelsea face a Bournemouth side battling to avoid relegation, with the Cherries also losing 3-0 in their last game against Burnley.

Bournemouth did, however, beat the Blues at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, and do have a good recent record against Chelsea.

So will Lampard make changes for the game? We take a look at how Chelsea could line up, below.

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Chelsea correspondent Oliver Harbord

After the disappointment of Tuesday night, the Blues can’t afford to let anything slip in the Premier League now and qualifying for the next season’s Champions League is the priority.

Injuries are really starting to take their toll right now, and Lampard is set to miss N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic once again, with Callum Hudson-Odoi also a doubt.

Tammy Abraham limped out of the warm down after the Bayern Munich defeat, so it means Olivier Giroud should feature against the Cherries.

Some of the Blues players might be haunted by the 4-0 loss at the Vitality Stadium last season, so Lampard will be hoping to…


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