N’Golo Kante missed the match through injury with the Frenchman out for “four-plus weeks”, according to Thomas Tuchel after he suffered a hamstring injury against Tottenham two weeks ago.
Kalidou Koulibaly is suspended after receiving a red card for two bookings against Leeds last week. Manager Thomas Tuchel serves a touchline ban after his fracas with Antonio Conte in Chelsea’s last home game.
Conor Gallagher or Ruben Loftus-Cheek both keep their places, as Reece James once again starts in the back three. Trevoh Chalobah comes into the defence.
Ben Chilwell has to settle for a place on the bench once again, as Marc Cucurella starts at left-wing back. The front three is as expected.
Chelsea XI: Mendy; James, Thiago Silva, Chalobah; Loftus-Cheek, Gallagher, Jorginho, Cucurella; Mount, Havertz, Sterling.
Subs: Kepa, Ampadu, Azpilicueta, Chilwell, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Ziyech, Broja