Chelsea will look to string together two consecutive victories for the first time since early October when they welcome Borussia Dortmund to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie.
Graham Potter’s Blues were solid in the first leg but were caught out by an electric counter from Karim Adeyemi, who earned Dortmund a 1-0 victory to take into this second leg.
Chelsea fell to two more defeats before the weekend’s victory over Leeds restored some much-needed confidence, and they will hope to build on that momentum with a massive victory here.
Chelsea team news
Reece James is expected to return after missing the Leeds game with a minor injury, but there will be no sign of Mason Mount. The midfielder is dealing with an abdominal injury but is serving a one-game suspension anyway.
Thiago Silva, Edouard Mendy and Armando Broja are confirmed absentees, while Cesar Azpilicueta is also facing a battle to return to the squad.
N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic could return to the bench but both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Benoit Badiashile, Noni Madueke and David Datro Fofana are all out of the Champions League squad and will have to watch from the sidelines.
Chelsea predicted lineup vs Borussia Dortmund
Chelsea predicted lineup (3-4-2-1): Kepa; Chalobah, Koulibaly, Fofana; James, Kovacic, Fernandez, Chilwell; Sterling, Havertz, Felix
Borussia Dortmund team news
Adeyemi, who scored the only goal of the first leg, will miss out through injury, while goalkeeper Gregor Kobel is also facing a late fitness test as he battles a thigh injury.
Youssoufa Moukoko, Mateu Morey, Abdoulaye Kamara, Donyell Malen and Julien Duranville are all unavailable as well, as is backup right-back Julian Ryerson, who is suspended.
Borussia Dortmund predicted lineup vs Chelsea
Borussia Dortmund predicted lineup (4-3-3): Meyer; Wolf, Sule, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro ; Can, Ozcan, Bellingham; Brandt, Haller, Reus