Chelsea travel to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City in a blockbuster Carabao Cup tie this week.
After an excellent start under new boss Graham Potter, the Blues have just dropped a level in recent weeks, and they will be keen to get themselves back on the right track, starting by dumping Man City out of one of their favourite competitions.
Here is how Potter could set Chelsea up for the clash.
GK: Edouard Mendy – Strength of the opposition means he’ll likely get the nod over Marcus Bettinelli.
RB: Cesar Azpilicueta – Chelsea have their injury problems in defence but Mr. Reliable is fit and available.
CB: Trevoh Chalobah – Been a mainstay of the team of late.
CB: Kalidou Koulibaly – ready to return following injury, and he’s timed it well.
LB: Marc Cucurella – With Ben Chilwell injured, the former Brighton man will be the main beneficiary.
DM: Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Finally enjoying a good run in the Chelsea side and little reason for that to stop.
CM: Conor Gallagher – Should get another chance to stake a claim for more minutes – and a spot in England’s World Cup squad.
CM: Denis Zakaria – Got to be given a proper chance at some point, you’d think. If not now, then when?
RF: Christian Pulisic – Probably about due a start.
CF: Armando Broja – Not really had many opportunities but should get one here.
LF: Hakim Ziyech – Been out of favour of late but good time to reintegrate him into the side.
Nottingham Forest announce signing of Andre Ayew
Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of free agent Andre Ayew despite interest from Everton.
The forward has been heavily linked with a move to the Toffees in recent days, but Forest have swooped in to sign the Ghanian.
Speaking to the club’s official website after finalising the move, the forward said: “It’s a great feeling to sign for Nottingham Forest.
“I know how big the club is and I know how much the club means to the city and the fanbase. It’s always been difficult whenever I’ve played against Forest and at The City Ground and I love the stadium.
“Steve Cooper is someone who knows me very well and knows how to work with me both on and off the pitch. We have a strong relationship, he’s a special coach and a special human being and someone who I really look up to.”
“I know what I can bring to the team, I’m ready to give my all and make sure that we are able to stay in the Premier League.”
Wolves vs Liverpool – Premier League: TV channel, team news, lineups & prediction
Liverpool will be looking to make a statement with a Premier League trip to Wolves this weekend, having been dumped out of the FA Cup by Brighton last Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are without a league win in their last three attempts and have slipped as low as ninth in the table. Depending on what Chelsea do against Fulham on Friday night, the Reds could be 10th by the time they kick-off at Wolves.
Wolves are still yet to really find their groove under Julen Lopetegui, although at least remain out of the relegation zone on goal difference for the time being.
Wolves vs Liverpool H2H Results (Last Five Games)
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Wolves team news
Wolves have no new injury concerns ahead of this one, with Pedro Neto, Boubacar Traore, Sasa Kalajdzic and Chiquinho all still sidelined.
Wolves predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Sa; Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Bueno; Neves, Nunes; Traore, Sarabia, Hwang; Jimenez.
Liverpool team news
Centre-back Ibrahima Konate is the latest Liverpool player to join the injury list, ruled out until at least mid-February with a hamstring problem.
Virgil van Dijk is also still out, as are Roberto Firmino, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota. Arthur Melo is making progress but is a couple of weeks away from resuming training.
Liverpool predicted lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Nunez, Gakpo.
It’s certainly feasible that Wolves could continue to pile the misery on Liverpool.
The Reds had beaten Wolves in seven consecutive meetings until a recent FA Cup tie ended in 2-2 draw at Anfield. It was then only a single goal that decided the replay in the Merseysiders’ favour.
Prediction: Wolves 1-1 Liverpool
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