Kepa and Pulisic start, Thiago Silva out – Chelsea team to face Southampton predicted

Edouard Mendy is the only fresh absentee for Frank Lampard to plan without against Southampton this afternoon, with the Chelsea head coach confirming that Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech will be involved.

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The latter is only fit enough for a place on the bench, however, after almost two months out with a knee injury – meaning Callum Hudson-Odoi could be in line for another start out wide in an attack also featuring Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.

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Thiago Silva is fit to play but will likely be rested as a result of travelling back from South America late Wednesday having played for Brazil away to Peru, meaning Andreas Christensen is likely to partner Kurt Zouma in defence.

Having impressed for England, Reece James is likely to start at right back and Ben Chilwell is in the squad despite coming back early from international duty with discomfort in the foot that kept him sidelined at the start of the campaign.

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Chelsea XI: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Reece James, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, Ben Chilwell; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho; Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic; Timo Werner.

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