Hudson-Odoi to make first Premier League start

Maurizio Sarri will unleash Callum Hudson-Odoi from the start in a Premier League game for the first time against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Callum Hudson-Odoi will finally make his first Premier League start for Chelsea in their clash with Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old winger is highly rated at Stamford Bridge and has made a smattering of substitute appearances in the top flight, the last of which was on March 17.

Although Hudson-Odoi has made four appearances from the start in the Europa League, many raised questions last month when he was called up to the England senior side despite his lack of first-team minutes in domestic action.

But, having impressed while on England duty, Maurizio Sarri has named him in the side to face Brighton after hinting as much in his pre-match news conference.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – who scored the dramatic late winner at Cardiff City on Sunday – and Andreas Christensen have also been afforded starts, while Olivier Giroud leads the line in place of Gonzalo Higuain.

N’Golo Kante was an unused substitute for the Cardiff game but returns for the midweek fixture, meaning the French midfielder will make his 100th Premier League appearance for the London club.