Yesterday when we did our predicted line-up for Chelsea, we had an unchanged side from the win against Manchester United.
However, we did waiver a bit on two players that we thought could come into the team. One of those was Emil Krafth for DeAndre Yedlin. Emil has not gone two straight matches this season without starting.
When he was dropped for the Brighton match, he was straight back in against Leicester City. While he has not performed particularly well, with him being a new signing, he is still adjusting to the Premier League.
DeAndre Yedlin also started for the United States on Tuesday and has just returned from a long-term injury. Therefore, we get the feeling that Bruce could go with Krafth for tomorrow at Chelsea. Though, we would prefer him to stick with Yedlin.
The other player that we feel has a chance to start at Chelsea is striker Andy Carroll. Joelinton struggled a bit against Manchester United, and when Andy came on in the second half, he was a handful for their defenders.
Andy Carroll– making his second debut against Brighton
Andy’s physical play could be perfect against this Chelsea side. They are likely to be without center-backs Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger due to injury. That will leave Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori at the back.
While Zouma is a commanding presence as the back, Tomori certainly is not. Andy could give the 21-year-old a battering tomorrow.
Bruce spoke about Carroll at today’s press conference and the Athletic’s Chris Waugh tweeted his comments:
Bruce on Andy Carroll: "He is doing great, touch wood. He is playing more minutes each week, he has trained all week & the more we can keep him training then, great, & keep his ankle coming through it" #nufc
— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) October 18, 2019
The issue with Andy is going to be fitness and we are concerned that tomorrow may be too soon for the big man. We still think that Joelinton will get the nod from the start tomorrow but expect Andy to get at least 30 minutes on the pitch.
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