The last time Chelsea Football Club encountered Luton Town in English top-flight at home was on August 31, 1991 when Kevin Hitchcock started between the sticks. A lot has changed since then. One of the Premier League’s newest members travels to west London for an encounter against the Blues following a disappointing London derby at the London Stadium against West Ham United. With new signings being confirmed at a rapid pace, manager Mauricio Pochettino has a lot of decision making to do when it comes to the starting XI.
At Stamford Bridge, and against a side of Luton’s caliber, this has to be considered a must-win contest. In order to add some confidence to a side that has seen just one goal from a non-defender this season, the energy needs to be present from the opening whistle. Considering the xG last weekend, some could say the west London outfit got a little unlucky. That is just life in the Premier League. Pochettino knows that, and a response should be pending on Friday evening. Here are three players (outside the obvious Enzo Fernandez) that have to be in the starting lineup for the home side to conclude the match with all three points for the first time this season.