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Two predicted teams that Chelsea could play in pre-season friendly vs Drogheda

Chelsea are set to play their second pre-season friendly of the summer on Thursday in Ireland against Drogheda United at the hotel where the Blues are currently based in Maynooth, County Kildare.

The Blues officially are keeping details of the game firmly secretive though it is known the game will be played behind closed doors once again, just like the first friendly against Peterborough was last weekend.

Chelsea’s players have basically been on a warm-weather training camp for the past ten days owing to the baking temperatures at home and also in Ireland, where the relentless heat is set to continue for their match on Thursday.

The vast majority of the squad that played 45 minutes each in the game against Peterborough have also travelled to Ireland and will expect to feature once again on Thursday.

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Only Tino Anjorin and Ian Maatsen, who both didn’t make the trip across the Irish Sea, will definitely miss out.

Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga didn’t play in the first match but should get some game time in the second having had ten days of training under their belt.

Hakim Ziyech and Tammy Abraham will hope to continue their decent starts to pre-season, as well as Armando Broja and Christian Pulisic as all four netted in the win over Peterborough.

Trying to predict a team is borderline impossible for a pre-season game but there were perhaps some hints given by Tuchel when he sent out his players in a back three for both halves of their win over the Posh.

First half XI: Mendy;Chalobah, Miazga, Sarr, Zappacosta; Gallagher, Barkley; Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi, Broja, Abraham

Second half XI: Kepa; Clark-Salter, Baker, Sterling, Alonso, Loftus-Cheek, Drinkwater, Rahman; Ziyech, Ugbo, Broja.

It doesn’t seem likely that Tuchel will go with the exact same XI’s that took to the pitch at Cobham for the second friendly as he will want to get as good a look at his players in as different an…

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