4-2-3-1: Strong Chelsea predicted line-up v Reading

Chelsea continue their pre-season campaign against London side Reading on Sunday afternoon in what would be their fifth match so far.

The Blues have won half of the fixtures so far as Frank Lampard continues to tinker with the squad ahead of the new campaign. Chelsea have a couple of friendlies to play before their opening clash away at Old Trafford to rivals Manchester United.

Chelsea were impressive in their last friendly as they defeated Spanish champions Barcelona 2-1 with Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley scoring the goals. New signing Christian Pulisic was impressive in the game on the left side of attack.

Looking at the current squad options we can predict the likely starters for the clash at the Madjeski stadium on Sunday.

Spanish stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga is likely to man the sticks as he is the undisputed No1 at the club after his record move last summer. The centre-back pairing of Kurt Zouma and Christensen could continue as both players impressed in the last match.

While club captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Brazilian fullback Emerson are expected to play in alongside the centre backs.

In the midfield the midfield pair of Jorginho and Kovacic impressed in the game against Barcelona and looks to be the likely first choice pairing for the first EPL at Old Trafford.

Mason Mount is likely to play in front of the midfield pair after receiving praise for his performance against Barcelona.

Upfront we expect Olivier Giroud to lead the line despite the impressive performance of young forward Tammy Abraham in the game against Barcelona. The Frenchman is likely to be flanked by Pulisic and Ross Barkley in a 4-2-3-1 formation favoured by Lampard.

Chelsea possible starting lineup v Reading:
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson; Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Mount, Pulisic; Giroud

Chelsea predicted staring XI v Reading FC
Chelsea predicted staring XI v Reading FC

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