Reece James starts as Loftus-Cheek returns – Chelsea team Frank Lampard should start vs Watford

Chelsea are back in Premier League action tomorrow night as they take on Watford at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues will be looking to bounce back from the disappointing 3-2 defeat to West Ham on Wednesday night, but will be without a couple of players.

“Fikayo is still not fit,” Frank Lampard said. “He’s hopefully going to be training with us next week. He’s doing a lot of work, it’s just in terms of the last bit, getting him on the training pitch, it’s been tough.

“Kovacic is going to be out of this game. He hurt his Achilles in the West Ham game and we’ll miss him in this one and probably the next one, but hopefully he won’t be too long after that.”

So what team should Lampard pick? Our writers have their say.

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Oliver Harbord – Chelsea correspondent

It was a pretty shocking performance at West Ham and there needs to be a few changes through the side to get things back on track.

The big ones will be at the back, and Reece James should come back at right-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta moving to the left-back position.

Meanwhile, in the centre-back position, Kurt Zouma should come back for Andreas Christensen. There will be question marks over Antonio Rudiger, but the German defender still remains the best in the position.

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With Kovacic injured, the combination of N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley and Mason Mount should be the best in midfield.

Up front, though, Olivier Giroud has to replace Tammy Abraham after the striker struggled against the Hammers.

Harbord’s team (4-3-3): Kepa; James, Zouma, Rudiger, Azpilicueta; Barkley, Kante, Mount; Willian, Giroud, Pulisic.

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Alan Smith – Senior writer

Save for Christian Pulisic, did anyone play well against West Ham? Willian, perhaps, but on the basis of that defeat expect Lampard to make several changes.