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Youngsters to be given a chance? - How Chelsea could line-up against Morecambe

Poor form has led to calls for Lampard's head, but an FA Cup tie against League Two opposition provides the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways

7:51am on Friday 8th January 2021
Cameron Smith

Frank Lampard is set to make plenty of changes when his Chelsea side host League Two Morecambe on Sunday afternoon.

The Blues have lost four of their last six Premier League games, and will be hoping to arrest this recent slide with a victory against the Shrimps.

Several of Chelsea's talented youngsters have been training with the first-team this week, and Lampard is expected to give them a chance at the weekend.

Faustino Anjorin started in the Champions League earlier this season, and of the current Chelsea U23 squad, he looks like the most likely to break into the Premier League starting XI.

The 19-year-old is almost guaranteed to start in the cup, and alongside him is likely to be several other academy graduates.

Valentino Livramento has excelled for the U23 side this year, scoring twice and grabbing eight assists in 14 games across all competitions, from both full-back and right-wing.

He has a great chance of starting at right-back, with Emerson giving first-choice Ben Chilwell a much needed break.

Fikayo Tomori has been left in the cold at Stamford Bridge, but Andreas Christensen's knee injury means that he may partner Antonio Rudiger in the back four, with Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma rested.

Kepa will be in between the sticks, having been replaced by Edouard Mendy in the Premier League.

Billy Gilmour has slowly been reintroduced since his injury, and after impressing off the bench against Manchester City, may start next to Lewis Bate, who could be given his first-team debut.

Callum Hudson-Odoi scored against City, and deserves a chance to bolster his stats against Morecambe.

Timo Werner will surely be rested, with Tammy Abraham likely to start ahead of Olivier Giroud, with the Frenchman potentially on the way out this January.

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