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Chelsea will round off their preparations for the 2022-23 Premier League campaign with a friendly against Italian side Udinese in Udine on Friday night. The Blues are now little over a week away from the start of their league season away to Everton, while Udinese will be in competitive action next time out against either Sudtirol or FeralpiSalo in the Coppa Italia. Udinese finished 12th in Serie A last season, which proved to be their joint-best position in Italy’s top flight since 2013, so it went down as a successful campaign for the club. The White and Blacks will face Sudtirol or FeralpiSalo in the Coppa Italia on August 5, with their Serie A campaign due to begin away to the champions AC Milan on August 13.

Udinese have been busy this summer in terms of friendlies, playing four times in total, including a 2-1 victory over Pafos on July 25, which followed a 2-1 defeat to Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen. Andrea Sottil’s side have also been active during the summer market, bringing in Beto, Destiny Udogie, Jaka Bijol, Leonardo Buta, Festy Ebosele, Sandi Lovric and Adam Masina. There have also been a number of exits at the club ahead of the 2022-23 campaign, with the most notable of those being Mamadou Coulibaly, who has joined fellow Serie A side Salernitana. Chelsea, meanwhile, will enter this match off the back of a 4-0 defeat to Premier League rivals Arsenal in the final match of their pre-season tour on July 23.

Head coach Thomas Tuchel was critical of his side in the aftermath of the four-goal loss in Florida, with the German questioning the commitment of his players and also insisting that his team “deserved to lose”. The Blues played three times in North America, starting their preparations for the new season with a 2-1 victory over Club America before losing to Charlotte FC on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Chelsea will now play once more against Udinese before opening their 2022-23 Premier League campaign against Everton on August 6, while their first home game of the new season sees them welcome Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur side on August 14.Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso continue to be linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge, and it remains to be seen whether either are considered for starts here.

The Blues have brought in Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly this summer to boost their squad, but they appear to have missed out on Jules Kounde to Barcelona, which will force the capital giants to look elsewhere when it comes to bringing another centre-back to the squad. Simone Pafundi, who only turned 16 in March, was among the Udinese starters for the friendly with Pafos last time out, but head coach Sottil is likely to select a more experienced starting XI here. There could be another opportunity to impress for Republic of Ireland youngster James Abankwah, while Roberto Pereyra should again feature in midfield.

Sottil will make full use of his squad in the team’s final friendly of the summer, with Isaac Success and Beto potentially being handed spots in the final third of the field. As for Chelsea, neither N’Golo Kante nor Ruben Loftus-Cheek were able to travel to North America due to their COVID-19 vaccination status, but the pair could potentially be involved in this contest. Armando Broja could also feature amid the speculation surrounding his future, but Kepa Arrizabalaga and Ross Barkley are fitness doubts for the Blues. Koulibaly will be hoping to make his first start for Chelsea in a defence that could also include Ben Chilwell, who was rested last time out, while Mateo Kovacic could come into the midfield.

Udinese possible starting lineup:
Padelli; Abankwah, Benkovic, Guessand; Ebosele, Pereyra, Jajalo, Bijol, Masina; Success, Beto

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; James, Koulibaly, T Silva, Chilwell; Jorginho, Gallagher; Mount, Havertz, Sterling; Pulisic

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