Chelsea vs Morecambe: Team news, predicted line-up, score predictions, and more - previews

 

Chelsea vs Morecambe: Team news, predicted line-up, score predictions, and more - previews

The Blues will look to build confidence with a big win over the League 2 opposition.

Team news (via BBC)

Chelsea

Reece James, N'Golo Kante, and Andreas Christensen are the only confirmed absentees for the game for the Blues.

Morecambe

Brad Lyons may come straight into the Morecambe side after joining the League Two club from Blackburn on loan.

The Shrimps boss Derek Adams has a fully fit squad to select from, with the entire squad back in training after a Covid-19 shutdown in the past 2 weeks.

Stats to know (via Opta)

Chelsea and Morecambe will face each other for the first time. Chelsea's last loss against a side they were playing for the first time was to Steaua Bucharest in March 2013.

Morecambe have reached the third round for the fourth time, losing on each of the previous three occasions without scoring a goal.

Chelsea has progressed from their third-round tie in each season since 1997-98 when they were eliminated by Manchester United.

Predicted line-up

Chelsea vs Morecambe: Team news, predicted line-up, score predictions, and more - previews

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Emerson, Tomori, Rudiger, Livramento; Jorginho, Gilmour, Havertz; , Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Anjorin

Match predictions

Tom Doyle, The Evening Standard: Chelsea 4-1 Morecambe

"Things could get hairy for Chelsea if they make a slow start, but you'd still expect Lampard's side to have more than enough firepower to go through - with a few second-half goals to be expected."

Ben Knapton, Sports Mole: Chelsea 5-0 Morecambe

"While the form book suggests that Morecambe could certainly be in with a chance at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea know that a crushing victory would be the perfect tonic after a dismal few weeks.

"The Blues are expected to make wholesale changes to their starting XI but will simply have too much quality for their fourth-tier opponents, so a resounding home victory is the only outcome that we can see."

Managers' quotes

Frank Lampard (via Chelsea FC): "I don't think there was a season I played at this club, for all the success we had over the years, where we didn't have difficult moments.

"I'm the first one that has to be positive and get excited about the fact that losing games is the biggest chance to improve in football. When you're a squad that's growing and young and new - with players coming in - those are the moments that test them and make them better."

Morecambe manager Adams(via BBC): "You've got to understand the opposition. They are talented, they have spent a great deal of money on taking in the players they have. But our players have to appreciate the skill that they do have.

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