Conte To Make 1 Change As Key Man Ruled Out: Predicted Chelsea XI vs Watford

By on October 19, 2017

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Chelsea will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

Here is the side we think Antonio Conte will pick for the game:

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois is almost certain to keep his place this weekend meaning Willy Cabellero will continue on the bench.

Defence: Young defender Andreas Christensen could keep his place after an assured display during the 3-3 draw with Roma in the Champions League last night.

Gary Cahill has been passed fit despite picking up a nasty head injury against Roma so the England international should once again line-up in the back three.

Cesar Azpilicueta is also expected to retain his place, although Antonio Rudiger is an option for Conte if the Blues boss wanted to freshen things up.

Midfield: Chelsea have major problems in the middle of the park to contend with. David Luiz was moved in to midfield against Roma but the Brazilian international was forced off with a calf problem and is a doubt this weekend.

With N’Golo Kante on the sidelines with a hamstring injury and Danny Drinkwater also working his way back to full fitness from a long-term calf problem it leaves Conte with few options.

The Italian coach is likely to revert to a midfield two with Cesc Fabregas alongside Tiemoue Bakayoko – as long as the French international is able to shake-off a minor groin complaint that he suffered last night.

Victor Moses is certain to miss out with a hamstring injury that he sustained earlier this month so Davide Zappacosta should continue in the right wing-back position while Marcos Alonso should once again start on the left.

Attack: Alvaro Morata returned to action against Roma after recovering from a hamstring problem so he should lead the line up front against Watford on Saturday.

Eden Hazard bagged a brace last night and is almost certain to retain his place in attack while Pedro could get a recall meaning Willian may have to make-do with a place on the bench alongside Michy Batshuayi.

Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:

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5 Comments

  1. emil

    October 19, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    stripped down skeletal crew, nonexistent midfield, (bakayoko is 50% matic, fab is just “creative”), low morale, morata not quite fit, (no back up), willian, pedro looking dizzy most of the time, hazard – on and off, another weekend’s nervy game, (potential loss against a rested opponent), another miserable season,(don’t see a top 4 spot finish, or surviving the first knock out stage), conte’s body language – dejected, “can’t do more with my hands tied”,(good luck Signor Antonio with the PSG job), the past summer pathetic circus named “transfer activity” well, what surprises me is that I somehow call myself a Chelsea fan.

  2. Adnan

    October 20, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Several players not performing and should be benched. Replace fabregas pedro alonso azpi with ampadu or scott musonda kennedy and rudiger

  3. Exto

    October 20, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Zappacosta is not good enough. expecially for a team as week as Chelsea midfield. I would prefer to use Azpilicueta as wing back and Rudi. Covering the back 3. Bakayoko is very slow and most time lack concentration. So Azip will be great help covering for him. Again Chelsea need to get a holding midfielder come January. Bakayoko is not good enough.

  4. Salijo

    October 20, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Disturbing moment 4 blues family #injuries to key players.

  5. Natanael sindendere

    October 20, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Conte should try to listen to fans to,this first XI will work.At back three Rudiger,Christensen and Cahill Azip joins Alonso at wing back.Bakayoko and Fab in the midfield and front three Pedro,Morata and Hazard.

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