June 25, 2024

Mudryk dropped, 4-2-3-1: The predicted Chelsea XI to face Newcastle United in the EFL Cup

Chelsea take on Newcastle United in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

After finishing 12th in the Premier League last season, it has been another turbulent campaign for the Blues so far, with Mauricio Pochettino struggling to turn around the club’s fortunes since his arrival this summer.

Chelsea ended a run of two consecutive defeats with a 2-0 home win over bottom side Sheffield United on Saturday, with goals from Cole Palmer and Nicolas Jackson sealing all three points.

Pochettino’s men currently sit 10th in the top flight, 12 points from the top four.

While it has been a disappointing season in the Premier League, the Blues have enjoyed success in the EFL Cup, beating AFC Wimbledon, Brighton & Hove Albion and Blackburn Rovers to progress to the quarter-finals, and it is an excellent opportunity for them to win the first trophy of the Todd Boehly era.

It will not be an easy task against a Newcastle side who reached the final of the competition last season, but the Magpies are contending with a lengthy injury list, and it remains to be seen whether Eddie Howe will field a full strength team.

As the countdown to kick off continues, we looked at how Chelsea could line up.

Petrovic joined Chelsea from MLS side New England Revolution this summer for a fee of £12.5 million, plus £1.5 million in add-ons.

The Serbian international had been the Blues’ second choice goalkeeper this season, but with Robert Sanchez currently sidelined, he has started the last two league games, and he will keep his place between the sticks here.

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