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N’Golo Kante out? How Chelsea could line up against Aston Villa



N'Golo Kante and Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea will be facing Aston Villa in their final Premier League game of the season and as they look to secure the top 4 spot for Champions league qualification.

The Blues are currently sitting in third position in the premier league, one point above Liverpool and Leicester, who occupy the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

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A win for Chelsea would guarantee their place in next season’s Champions League and confirm Thomas Tuchel exceptional performance since arriving at Stamford Bridge earlier this year.

Tuesday night’s dramatic 2-1 win over the Leicester city has put Chelsea in the driving seat for this final day top-four showpiece and also got some revenge over Brendan Rodgers’ men for their FA Cup final defeat.

However, Three points are likely to be needed over the weekend to prevent Jurgen Klopp’s men and Leicester from leapfrogging Chelsea in the table, meaning a tight, tense 90 minutes is on the cards.

Keeping a clean sheet could be crucial to the west London outfit’s chances on Sunday, and Edouard Mendy should, therefore, keep his place between the sticks.

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The summer-signing is likely to have the experienced trio of Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger ahead of him, with Andreas Christensen continuing to suffer from a minor hamstring issue.

Out wide, England internationals Reece James and Ben Chilwell are set to keep their places in the starting XI after solid performances in midweek, but an injury to N’Golo Kante will force Tuchel into making a change in the Chelsea engine room.

N’Golo Kante was substituted after just 32 minutes against Leicester with a muscle complaint and is expected to miss out against Villa as he aims to recover in time for the Champions League final on May 29.

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Mateo Kovacic was Kante’s replacement on Tuesday night, making his first appearance after a five-game injury layoff and should partner Jorginho in the centre of the pitch as the duo look to provide some stability and control the midfield.

Tuchel has a wide range of attacking options, but an attacking trio of Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner wreaked havoc last time out and will be hopeful of keeping the likes of Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech on the bench.

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How Chelsea could line up against Aston Villa