Moises Caicedo, who joined Chelsea for £115 million, could return to the Blues’ starting lineup.
Chelsea will host Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge in London, England, on April 24 at 10 p.m. ET for the sixth round of the 2023-24 Premier League (PL) 토토 season. Chelsea is in 14th place with 5 points (W1 D2 L2). Villa is in seventh place with nine points (three wins, two losses).
After drawing 1-1 with Liverpool in the first round, Chelsea suffered its first loss of the season in a 1-3 defeat to West Ham United. They seemed to turn things around with a 3-0 win over Luton Town, but then lost 0-1 to Nottingham Forest. They also drew 0-0 against Bournemouth. With one win, two draws, and two losses, they’re stuck in 14th place, and their form is a mess.
One injury is too many. Sky Sports in the UK highlighted Chelsea’s injuries. Kani Chukwuemeka, Christopher Nkunkwo, Wesley Fofana, Armando Broya, and Moises Caicedo have knee injuries. Reece James has a hamstring injury and Benoit Badiasil is out with a thigh injury. Trevor Chalobah is also out. Marcus Bettinelli, Noni Mudaeke, and Mark Cucurella are also not fully fit, and Romeo Rabia has an ankle injury.
The best eleven can be made up of injured players. It is evenly distributed from goalkeeper to defender, midfielder, and attacker. Looking at the composed starting list, it felt better than the Chelsea players currently available. Mauricio Pochettino responded to the criticism after the draw at Bournemouth: “Of course the fans are not happy when we don’t win. What I want to say is that there are realities that cannot be changed. We have too many injuries. If everyone is fit, we can compete with Manchester City and Arsenal,” he said.
“The squad has not been normal since the beginning of the season. It’s a situation I can’t control. I have nothing to say. We have 12 injuries. If you look at the bench, there are only two goalkeepers and they are all young players. I could have just cried and complained, but I tried to accept it and be positive. You have to be patient in difficult situations against any team,” he added.
Ahead of the Villa game, Pochettino said, “Kaysedo is back, we’ll see. Cucurella came back at the start of training because he had a fever. Madueke took part in training. I’m not sure about Broja. The players have to recover and many have to come back. Badiasil also has a muscle problem and is doing personal training with James. James, Chukwuemeka and Chalobah could return to team training soon.”
In their predictions for Chelsea’s starting lineup, Football London included Caicedo, who Pochettino said “remains to be seen”. Roberto 토토 Sanchez, Malo Gusto, Thiago Silva, Levi Colwill, Ben Chilwell, Caido, Enzo Fernandez, Raheem Sterling, Cole Palmer, Mikhail Mourinho, and Nicola Jackson are all on the list. With Kaysedo back, it will be interesting to see how he plays alongside Enzo. It will be interesting to see if Palmer gets his first start.