Conte To Make 4 Key Changes: Expected Chelsea XI vs Qarabag

By on November 21, 2017

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Chelsea will be looking to book their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League when they take on Qarabag on Wednesday night.

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

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois is once again expected to start between the sticks with Willy Caballero having to make-do with a place on the bench.

Defence: David Luiz was back on the substitutes bench at the weekend having previously been axed from the squad against Manchester United but the Brazilian international could be recalled to the starting eleven tomorrow.

Conte may have one eye on Saturday’s huge Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield so Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen could be rested against Qarabag.

That would see Antonio Rudiger coming in to the back three with Cesar Azpilicueta likely to keep his place.

Midfield: Victor Moses is still working his way back to full fitness following a hamstring injury and hasn’t travelled so Davide Zappacosta should keep his place in the right wing-back position.

Marcos Alonso is expected to once again line-up on the left but Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko could be rested with Danny Drinkwater coming in to the midfield alongside N’Golo Kante.

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Attack: That may lead to a slight change in formation with Chelsea able to field an extra player further forward and I think Pedro will be favourite to get a recall ahead of Willian.

Eden Hazard has been passed fit to start so I expect we’ll see the Belgian international retain his place while Alvaro Morata will once again lead the line up front.

Conte may have wanted to rest the Spaniard but with Michy Batshuayi unavailable through injury, Morata is likely to retain his place in attack.

Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:

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