Walsall vs Chelsea: Confirmed Starting Lineups & Bench Info

Chelsea vs Walsall Capital One Cup

Holders Chelsea meet Walsall in the third round of Capital One Cup at Bescot Stadium to kick-off their trophy defence on Wednesday evening.

Jose Mourinho’s side made a stuttering start to the new season and could manage only four points in their first five Premier League fixtures. However, Blues’ bounced back to defeat Maccabi Tel-Aviv 4-1 in Champions League opener last Wednesday before thrashing local rivals Arsenal 2-0 in controversy marred London Dery on Saturday afternoon.

The Portuguese tactician has given strikers Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy an opportunity to prove their worth upfront while reinstating skipper John Terry in the heart of the defence.

Brazil international Diego Costa is not available for selection as he is serving a three-match suspension for getting involved in an altercation with Arsenal striker Gabriel during London Derby on Saturday.

Meanwhile, John Obi Mikel and Ramires both feature in midfield, as does youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Brazilian midfielder Kenedy is also amongst the several fringe players hoping to make a statement in their careers with an impressive performance against the League One outfit tonight.

Let’s have a look at how the two sides are lining up tonight.

Walsall       4-2-3-1 Chelsea     4-2-3-1
1  Neil Etheridge Asmir Begovic 1
2 Jason Demetriou Branislav Ivanovic 2
6 Paul Downing John Terry 26
4 James O’Connor Gary Cahill 24
14 Rico Henry Baba Rahman 6
7 Adam Chambers John Obi Mikel 12
8 Sam Mantom Ruben Loftus-Cheek 36
18 Kieron Morris Ramires 7
10 Romaine Sawyers Robert Kenedy 16
15 Milan Lalkovic Loic Remy 18
21 Jordan Cook Falcao 9
3 Andy Taylor Eden Hazard 10
11 James Baxendale Bertrand Traore 14
12 Anthony Forde Papy Djilobodji 15
13 Craig MacGillivray Pedro 17
16 Matt Preston Nemanja Matic 21
17 Reece Flanagan Jamal Blackman 27
22 Liam Kinsella Temitayo Aina 34


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