Lampard confirms duo to play against the Mariners
Frank Lampard has revealed both Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi will play in Chelsea’s EFL Cup clash at home to Grimsby Town on Wednesday evening.
With the competition entering the third-round stage, the remainder of the Premier League teams have now joined in and the Blues will take on League Two outfit Grimsby, who have taken 15 points from 10 league games this season.
Chelsea head into the clash on the back of a 2-1 home defeat against table-toppers Liverpool, who are the only team in England to boast a perfect record after winning all six PL matches.
Ahead of Wednesday’s contest, Lampard has confirmed defender James and forward Hudson-Odoi, who have been on the sidelines, will play some part in the game after overcoming their respective injuries.
Both youngsters competed for the Under-23s against Southampton on Saturday at St Mary’s before being replaced on 75 minutes. They they will continue their return to full fitness in the EFL Cup meeting.
Lampard told the Fifth Stand: “[Hudson-Odoi and James will] be involved on Wednesday night, they’ll be involved. We certainly need to look at players who haven’t been playing as much against Grimsby.
“We’ll pay them due respect but it certainly is minutes for certain players who haven’t been there.”
Chelsea are unbeaten in the last three meetings against Grimsby, the most recent clash coming in February 1996 in the FA Cup, and they will be confident of extending that run.
Belgium international Michy Batshuayi could be handed a chance to impress, having had little game time in the Premier League this season, and punters may decide use their free bet on the striker to fire the Blues to victory.