David Luiz, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic are among the starters as Frank Lampard’s Chelsea take on St Patrick’s Athletic this afternoon.
The Blues are at the end of their pre-season stay in Dublin and conclude the trip with a friendly against the side fifth in the League of Ireland Premier Division.
David Luiz will play his first minutes of pre-season at centre-back alongside Fikayo Tomori, while there is a start in midfield for Mason Mount, another youngster who spent last season with Lampard on loan at Derby County.
Michy Batshuayi scored our goal in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Bohemians and the Belgian continues up front, this time supported by Tammy Abraham. Jorginho and Kovacic are in midfield alongside Mount and Ross Barkley.
Chelsea are expected to line up as follows: Caballero; Zappacosta, Tomori, David Luiz, Emerson; Jorginho, Mount, Kovacic, Barkley; Abraham, Batshuayi
Subs: Cumming, Alonso, Pedro, Bakayoko, Zouma, Kenedy, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Maatsen, Gilmour, Palmer
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