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Chelsea predicted lineup vs Fulham with Frank Lampard set to make three changes

Chelsea will aim to bring their dismal run of recent form to an end when they go away to London rivals Fulham on Saturday night.

Frank Lampard’s position at Stamford Bridge is hanging by a thread amid a run of four defeats in six matches, which has left the Blues languishing down in ninth place.

Their last win on the road came at Newcastle all the way back in November, with subsequent defeats at Everton, Wolves and Arsenal derailing their season a month later.

Lampard will be without star midfielder N’Golo Kante at Craven Cottage, nonetheless, as he serves a one-game suspension for accumulating five yellow cards.

Andreas Christensen is a doubt to feature after sustaining a knee injury in their 1-1 draw with Aston Villa at the end of December, although it is unlikely the Danish centre-back would have earned a start here anyway.

Reece James, who has been absent since the 3-1 Boxing Day defeat at Arsenal, is expected to replace captain Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back.

The England star should line up alongside Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell in defence, with Edouard Mendy keeping his place in between the sticks.

Lampard has a big decision to make in the middle of the park, but Jorginho should get the nod as his midfield anchor ahead of youngster Billy Gilmour.

Club-record signing Kai Havertz has not started in the league since December 15 and could come back in here, while Mason Mount is a banker to complete the midfield three.

Hakim Ziyech is fit and should start on the right flank, however Lampard has a dilemma on his hands over on the left.

Christian Pulisic is one of Chelsea’s most influential attackers when firing on all cylinders, while Callum Hudson-Odoi has been in fine form of late.

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Yet, Lampard will be hoping for Pulisic to rediscover his best form and is therefore likely to hand him another start.

Timo Werner, in desperate need for a league goal, should keep Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud out of the side once more.

Chelsea predicted lineup vs Fulham (4-3-3):Mendy; James, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Jorginho, Havertz, Mount; Ziyech, Werner, Pulisic

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