• Mon. Dec 5th, 2022

Champions League: RB Salzburg vs Chelsea, Probable Lineup & Prediction

When Graham Potter leads Chelsea to Austria to play RB Salzburg on Tuesday, it will be a rematch of his first game in command.

With that 1-1 draw, the Blues raised concerns about being eliminated from the Champions League, but two wins over AC Milan have since put Chelsea in first place in Group E, where a victory would ensure their advancement.

To advance to the knockout stages, they will need to defeat Salzburg, a team that is currently unblemished in Europe but has lost three of its four games, including a costly stalemate away at Dinamo Zagreb.

Due to a knee injury, Kalidou Koulibaly was unable to play against Manchester United, and Mateo Kovacic was also anticipated to be limited in playing time before a significant tactical adjustment was required to turn the game around. As a result, it is unlikely that the Croatian will begin this one.

Reece James, Wesley Fofana, and N’Golo Kante are still on the sidelines.

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Chelsea Starting XI (4-3-1-2)

Kepa Arrizabalagha; Cesar Azpilicueta, Trevor Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell; Conor Gallagher, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Mason Mount; Kai Havertz, Aubameyang

Bench: Mendy, Bettinelli, Cucurella, Dennis Zakaria, Chukwuemeka, Mateo Kovacic, Christian Pulisic, Armando Borja, Hakim Ziyech, Raheem Stconten.