West Brom vs Chelsea lineup, formation and starting XI has been revealed by both managers. Frank Lampard has play Kai Havertz in the wing he played against Barnsley in the Carabao cup.
In the absence of Ziyech and Pulisic, we expect Lampard to field a 4-2-3-1, with Timo Werner at the tip of the structure acting as a sole striker, while Kai Havertz gets the chance to play in his natural attacking-midfield role behind his compatriot. This role clearly benefitted the German in midweek, and it might be costly not to use him that way.
Mason Mount will retain his spot on the left-wing and is expected to continually switch with Havertz on the pitch as both players are well equipped with off the ball traits that will add to the fluidity of attack. Callum Hudson-Odoi will get his first start to the season on the right-wing after a solid game in midweek.
Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante will be fielded in a double pivot where Kovacic acts as ball-carrier, and Kante is given the responsibility to break the opposition midfield with constant interceptions and tackles.
This double pivot will be shielding a back-four, consisting of Ben Chilwell on the left, and Reece James on the right. Chilwell already got his first assist in a Chelsea shirt against Barnsley and will be crucial to breaking down Albion’s low block.
Thiago Silva, too, will be handed his Premier League debut having played just an hour in midweek, and will partner up with Kurt Zouma. Kepa Arrizabalaga will return to goal, hoping to make the best of what could be his last start in the Premier League for a while.
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Chelsea Lineup (4-2-3-1): Kepa; James, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Kante, Kovacic; Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, Mount; Werner
West Brom Lineup
Probable Lineup (5-4-1): Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, Ivanovic, O’Shea, Townsend; Pereira, Livermore, Sawyers, Diangana; Robinson