Key Man Fit As Conte Makes 3 Changes: Expected Chelsea XI vs Man Utd

By on November 4, 2017

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Chelsea will be looking to close-in on the top three with a win when they take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

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

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois is probably one of the first names on the team sheet right now so he’s certain to keep his place between the sticks with Willy Caballero once again named on the bench.

Defence: Conte has confirmed that Gary Cahill will keep his place in the side but the Italian boss may mix things up by moving Cesar Azpilicueta back in to the back three after a stint on the wing at Roma.

David Luiz is expected to keep his place in the starting eleven so Antonio Rudiger is the man most likely to make way after a disappointing showing against his former club in midweek.

Midfield: With Azpilicueta in defence and Victor Moses still out with a hamstring injury it means Davide Zappacosta could be recalled in the right wing-back position while Marcos Alonso is expected to once again line-up on the left.

N’Golo Kante is back in full training after recovering from a hamstring injury that’s kept him out for the last six games so he’s expected to make his comeback against United.

Conte has been experimenting with Kante alongside his former Leicester City team mate Danny Drinkwater in training so it looks like the duo are to be reunited tomorrow with Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas making way after disappointing performances against Roma.

Attack: Conte may be tempted to go with a three-man central midfield against a dangerous United side but the Blues need a win to get themselves back in the title race so I think he’ll go with three in attack.

Alvaro Morata will be looking to end his goal-drought as he’s set to lead the line up front with Eden Hazard offering support to the Spanish striker.

Willian is pushing for a recall but I think we’ll see Pedro given the nod with the Brazilian international having 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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