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Conte To Make 2 Key Changes: Predicted Chelsea Line-Up vs Tottenham
Chelsea will look to book their place in the FA Cup final when they take on title-rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday evening.
Here is the team I think Antonio Conte will pick for the game:
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois faces a late fitness test after missing last weekend’s defeat to Manchester United with an ankle injury. However, the Belgian international is expected to train tomorrow and should be available as long as he doesn’t suffer any setbacks so Asmir Begovic is likely to make way.
Defence: Gary Cahill is the latest victim of an illness bug that’s sweeping through the Chelsea squad so Conte will will give the defender every chance to prove his fitness.
Kurt Zouma is on stand-by if Cahill misses out but I think the England international will start alongside David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta at the back on Saturday.
Midfield: Victor Moses was also feeling the effects of sickness at Old Trafford so he’ll be assessed ahead of this weekend’s game but I think he’ll be fine to start on the right.
N’Golo Kante is certain to retain his place and he’ll be looking to get back to top form after a subdued display against United while I think Conte will opt for Nemanja Matic ahead of Cesc Fabregas as he’ll take a more conservative approach against a dangerous Spurs side.
Marcos Alonso was forced to pull out of the United game after feeling unwell during the pre-match warm-up but he should recover in time to return on the left.
Attack: Eden Hazard was below his best at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon so the Belgian international will be desperate to get back to form while I think we’ll see Pedro keep his place ahead of Willian in attack.
Diego Costa’s poor run in front of goal continued against United but Conte has vowed to stand-by the Brazilian-born hitman so he’ll continue to lead the line up front with Michy Batshuayi once again on the bench.
Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up: