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Predicted team for Middlesbrough following key injuries

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After the latest squad report revealed Cucurella, Gusto, James, Fofana, Chalobah, Lavia, Sanchez, Ugochukwu, Jackson and Nkunku missing from tomorrow’s Carabao Cup clash. Predicting Pochettino’s team has become a bit of a challenge.

With first and second choice right back options out, Pochettino may well turn his attention back to Disasi who has experience of playing as a right-back.

Everyone saw how much Disasi limits what Chelsea do on the right, as proven when we played Newcastle in the last round. If Pochettino wanted to get creative he could turn his attention to either Caicedo or Alfie Gilchrist.

As for left-back, you’d imagine Ben Chilwell walks into that position, if he starts in any other position then Pochettino has set out the team to fail from the first minute.

The centre back pairing is more than likely to be Thiago Silva plus one other. With Badiashile just coming back from an injury and  lack of recent game time, Colwill will likely be the more preferred option.

Assuming Disasi stays at right back the midfield pairing will be Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo, anything other will leave the questions with Pochettino once again. Gallagher is bound to be just in front of those two.

Given Chelsea’s last result was a 1-0 victory against Fulham, I’d imagine the attack would stay the same. Palmer off the right, Sterling off the left with Broja up front. As it took only a penalty, personally I don’t feel that will be the best solution but it would seem unlikely the head coach switches it up again.

The team I’d like to see; Petrovic, Gilchrist, Silva, Colwill, Chilwell, Enzo, Caicedo, Palmer, Mudryk, Broja, Sterling.

The team I predict it will be; Petrovic, Disasi, Silva, Colwill, Chilwell, Enzo, Caicedo, Gallagher, Sterling, Broja, Palmer.

One positive is both Madueke and Mudryk could come off the bench and hopefully change the course of the game if needs be.

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