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How we expect Chelsea to line up against Wolves today

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helsea will be without two key midfielders as Wolves visit Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

N’Golo Kante remains absent with a minor issue picked up at Manchester United last week, while Jorginho was substituted in the subsequent defeat against Everton with his own knock.

Neither player will return against Wolves today, manager Thomas Tuchel confirmed at his pre-match press conference. Callum Hudson-Odoi (back) is also still sidelined, along with long-term absentee Ben Chilwell (knee).

“For N’Golo the match comes a little too early,” the German said on Friday. “Jorgi is out as well, so these two we are missing. And Callum [Hudson-Odoi] and Ben Chilwell are still out. The rest are available.”

Mateo Kovacic is set to replace Jorginho in midfield alongside Ruben Loftus-Cheek, while Hakim Ziyech is pushing to start after impressing off the bench against Everton.

Romelu Lukaku was left on the bench at Goodison Park when Chelsea were chasing an equaliser. Tuchel said on Friday: “He has trained very well and maybe he starts tomorrow, let’s see.”

Asked what Lukaku needs to do to change his fortunes at Chelsea, Tuchel added: “I don’t know what needs to happen. He needs to happen, everyone needs to happen. This is the life of a footballer at this level. It needs to happen, he needs to happen and we have to support him.”

Predicted Chelsea XI (3-4-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso; Ziyech, Lukaku, Mount.

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