Getty Images

Chelsea predicted XI vs Fulham as Mauricio Pochettino confirms Ben Chilwell boost in early team news

Chelsea could have Ben Chilwell, Benoit Badiashile and Carney Chukwuemeka all fit together for the first time this season tomorrow.

Chelsea will be missing nine players including Christopher Nkunku for their Premier League game against Fulham at Stamford Bridge but Ben Chilwell is set to return for the first time this year. England defender Chilwell hasn't played since September when he was forced off against Brighton in the League Cup game. 

Benoit Badiashile could also return to the squad with Carney Chukwuemeka pushing hard to make the squad for the first time in four months. The trio are all in full training but the final decision about their reintroductions will lie with Mauricio Pochettino.

The Blues will also miss striker Nicolas Jackson who is in Ivory Coast with Senegal as they attempt to defend their AFCON trophy they won in Cameroon two years ago. 

Reece James, Robert Sanchez, Marc Cucurella, Wesley Fofana, Lesley Ugochukwu, Romeo Lavia and Trevoh Chalobah are out injured and can't contribute with pressure mounting on Pochettino to turn around results after their 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough in the League Cup. They will get an opportunity to rescue the Cup competition when they host the Championship side at Stamford Bridge but first, they must beat rivals Fulham in the league.

Chelsea have only conceded one goal in their past eight competitive games against Fulham at Stamford Bridge, keeping clean sheets in the last five so Pochettino's side will be quite confident of continuing their strong display when they host their neighbours tomorrow in the early kick-off. 

Chelsea can not afford a slip up so this is the team we predict Pochettino will put up.

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.