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Conte To Make 9 Changes: Predicted Chelsea XI To Face Peterborough
Chelsea will be looking to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup when they take on Peterborough at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Here is the team we think Antonio Conte will pick for the game:
Goalkeeper: Conte has confirmed that he’ll take this opportunity to rest some of his key men and give some fringe players a chance so Thibaut Courtois is set to be left out with Asmir Begovic making a rare start.
Defence: John Terry could make his long-awaited return after finally overcoming a niggling buttock injury while Conte has confirmed that Kurt Zouma will make his first start in 11 months after getting himself back to full fitness following a serious knee injury.
Branislav Ivanovic will be hoping to make a rare start after falling out-of-favour this season but we should see regulars Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta given a breather.
Midfield: There should be plenty of changes in midfield with Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic all given well-earned rests having played virtually ever game solid for the past few months.
Cesc Fabregas is almost certain to come in to the midfield while youngsters Nathan Chabolah and Ola Aina could be given the chance to impress, however, Marcos Alonso may be retained in the left wing-back role.
Attack: Conte confirmed at his press conference this afternoon that Michy Batshuayi will be given a rare opportunity to impress up front with Diego Costa given a rest after carrying the goal-scoring burden for most of the campaign.
Eden Hazard could also be rested with Willian coming back in to the side after being named as a substitute against Tottenham in midweek but Pedro may keep his place in attack.
Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up: