Chelsea and Kawasaki Frontale meet on Friday as the Blues continue their pre-season campaign under new manager Frank Lampard against the
After a solid 4-0 win last time out against
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Friday 19 July|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||11:00 (BST)|
|Where Is it Played?||Nissan Stadium, Yokohama|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Chelsea TV|
As mentioned previously, Chelsea will be welcoming Pulisic to the squad for the first time as he joined up with the squad for the first time, and he could feature from the outset.
N’Golo Kante has stepped up his recovery programme after working closely with the fitness and physio staff to recover from a knee issue. With two games in Japan scheduled, including Barcelona on 23 July, we could see Kante feature in some capacity.
However, Chelsea will be without Ethan Ampadu, who hasn’t travelled to Japan as Lampard hopes to send the young Welshman out on loan.
|Chelsea||Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Luiz, Emerson; Jorginho, Mount, Kovacic; Pulisic, Batshuayi, Giroud.|
Head to Head Record
|St. Patricks 0-4 Chelsea (13/7)||FC Tokyo 0-3 Kawasaki Frontale (14/7)|
|Bohemians 1-1 Chelsea (10/7)||Kawasaki Frontale 0-0 Sagan Tosu (7/7)|
|Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal (29/5)||Kawasaki Frontale 1-0 Meiji University (3/7)|
|New England Revolution 0-3 Chelsea (16/5)||Jubilo Iwata 1-3 Kawasaki Frontale (30/6)|
|Leicester 0-0 Chelsea (12/5)||Kawasaki Frontale 1-1 Consadole Sapporo (14/6)|
Overall, Chelsea should look to build on their recent 4-0 in Ireland with another victory here. This is their strongest pre-season squad so far and the inclusion of Pulisic should be a boost.
Expect a Chelsea win and you’d be silly to write off a potential debut goal for Pulisic.
Prediction: Kawasaki Frontale 0-3 Chelsea