Former PSG mentor Thomas Tuchel will be in the dugout for his first game – a home tie against Wolves – as Chelsea boss in midweek action.
Tuchel, who only signed an 18-month contract, replaced club legend Frank Lampard with Chelsea stuttering in 10th place with three league defeats in their last five outings.
On sacking Lampard, the club’s Director Marina Granovskaia said: “It is never easy to change Head Coach in the middle of the season but we are very happy to secure one of Europe’s best coaches in Thomas Tuchel. There is still much to play for and much to achieve, this season and beyond. We welcome Thomas to the Club.”
The Blues start with a sound home record against Wolves, five wins and a draw in recent meetings but the visitors are looking to “do the double” on the Londoners for the first time since the mid-70s.
Wolves, down in 14th, will need to reverse their own poor form as they begin without a win in their last five league outings. They continue to search for goals in the absence of Raul Jimenez.
Tuchel’s first task is getting the most out of countrymen Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, who failed to ignite under Lampard.
Suggested bet: Over 2.5 match goals at 1.88
Also in action, Manchester United must beat Sheffield United if they are to resume their stance as league leaders. The Red Devils have lost just one of their last 13 matches in all competitions and face the bottom of the league side at 10:15pm.
Fresh off their thrilling 3-2 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup, manager Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer must ensure they don’t take their foot of the gas after City’s big win over WBA.
Marcus Rashford is in doubt for the tie but Bruno Fernandes is likely to return to the starting lineup.
Suggested bet: Manchester United leading 1-0 at half time at 3.25