Hiddink Makes 2 Changes: Predicted Chelsea Starting XI vs Norwich

By on February 29, 2016

Chelsea take on Norwich City at Carrow Road on Tuesday night. Here is the side we think Guus Hiddink will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois is expected to keep his place between the sticks with Asmir Begovic once again among the substitutes.

Defence: Hiddink will once again have to make do without John Terry as the Blues skipper remains sidelined with a hamstring injury that’s already kept him out for over two weeks.

It means Branislav Ivanovic will continue alongside Gary Cahill in the middle of defence with Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back. However, we could see Hiddink make a change on the left as Baba Rahman was hauled off at half-time during the comeback win over Southampton after a nightmare forty-five minutes so Kenedy could come in to the side tomorrow night.

Midfield: John Obi Mikel has become a firm favourite under Hiddink so the Nigerian international should keep his place ahead of Nemanja Matic in midfield with Cesc Fabregas expected to once again start in the middle of the park.

Attack: Oscar could get a recall with Pedro ruled out with a hamstring injury and the Brazilian international would join Willian and Eden Hazard in attack. Hiddink has suggested he could rest Diego Costa before the PSG game but I suspect he’ll do it at home to Stoke on Saturday and start the Spanish international tomorrow night.

Alexandre Pato is set to make the squad for the first time since making his loan move in January and he’ll be looking to make his debut off the bench.

Here is how I think we’ll see Chelsea line-up:

What do you think of the line-up? What would be your team?

Best of the web

One Comment

  1. Joseph Porto

    March 1, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Now that we have wingers Baba Rahman (or Kenedy) on the left and Azpilcueta on the right, We have to teach our strikers to play more with them. You clearly see there’s no preconceived practice in making them gaining the line and center, Hazard , Willian, Oscar, Fabregas almost never play with the wingers and don’t count on them to generate danger on the opponent and that’s a mistake because they will save energy during the game and also will avoid wasting winger’s energy any time they cross the midfield line. We are not used to play that way , but it is a necessary alternative having real wingers on the pitch as we do now. To do that, we need more people arriving to the enemy area and we only have Costa for that, that’s why we need Matic playing a bitter more advanced than Mikel to arrive for the wingers centers. This has the additional advantage of having more recovery in the midfield will free the wingers to sum into attack. For the second leg against PSG it is important to recover the ball in the midfield and sum winger projections to the attack, it is vital to cut possession to Verraty and avoid them to hold the midfield.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *