How Chelsea could line up against Aston Villa with Timo Werner dropped after Lampard blast

CHELSEA boss Frank Lampard is poised to ring the changes for the visit of Aston Villa.

The Blues gaffer was fuming after his side flopped to a 3-1 defeat to lowly Arsenal at the weekend.

The biggest casualty from that loss is likely to be £47.5million striker Timo Werner.

The German was subbed at half-time of that game and then called out by his boss post-match.

Werner has now gone ten games without scoring for the West Londoners – though in his defence, he has been shunted out to the left-wing.

Tammy Abraham seems to have bagged the coveted central skier role, and scored a consolation against the Gunners.

Edouard Mendy, who still seems to be settling in, should start in goal, with Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma ahead of him.

Summer-signing from Leicester Ben Chilwell is likely to keep his place at left-back, but there could be a change on the other flank.

Reece James gave away a penalty and looked shaky all game – Lampard may decide to call upon the experienced Cesar Azpilicueta.

The midfield three is likely to be switched up too. Mateo Kovacic was also replaced at half-time of the Arsenal loss and he could be replaced by Jorginho.

Mason Mount and N'Golo Kante could partner the Italian in the middle of the park.

Callum Hudson-Odoi looked bright when replacing Werner on Boxing Day, and he is expected to replace Werner.

Christian Pulisic should bag the right-wing berth hoping to supply Abraham with the chances to breach the Villa defence.

Lampard spoke of his frustration that his side missed out on the chance to go second in the Premier League table after the shock loss to Arsenal.

He said: "I'll take responsibility on the outside but the players also have to take responsibility.

"The message was clear – Arsenal are a dangerous team. When you go out and play 60 or 70 per cent then you're not going to win any games.

"I am angry because I want us to win games. It was an opportunity to go second. You get what you deserve."

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