Conte Makes 7 Changes In 4-1-4-1: Predicted Chelsea XI To Face Arsenal

By on September 22, 2016

A battle between two of the top four contenders at the Emirates on Saturday sees Chelsea looking to get back to winning ways at Arsenal.  Antonio Conte’s side needed extra-time to beat Leicester City in the EFL Cup on Tuesday after drawing 2-2 at Swansea and losing 2-1 at home to Liverpool in their last two Premier League games.  Looking to get another win on the board here is the side I think the Italian tactician will name:

Goalkeeper: Asmir Begovic conceded twice during the week and there’s no doubt that Thibaut Courtois is recalled to take his starting role in North London on Saturday.

Defence: There was a slight change at the back with Marcos Alonso on the left and Cesar Azpilicueta on the left at the King Power Stadium but I think we’ll see the same back four that faced Liverpool.  That will see Azpilicueta move back to left-back and Branislav Ivanovic recalled on the right.

David Luiz and Gary Cahill continued their early relationship during the week and with John Terry and Kurt Zouma both still sidelined this duo will face the Gunners.

Midfield: N’Golo Kante is still a machine in front of the back four but Chelsea haven’t been keeping  clean sheets under an Italian manager who was expected to sure up the defence on his arrival.  In front of Kante will be Oscar and Nemanja Matic despite Cesc Fabregas putting in another good performance when given a chance by Conte, midweek.

Eden Hazard hasn’t hit top form yet but is expected to give Hector Bellerin some problems down Chelsea’s left whilst Willian will come back into the side as both Victor Moses and Pedro miss out.

Striker: Diego Costa came on in the second half during the week as Chelsea came from two down to win in extra-time.  The Spaniard starts this one with Michy Batshuayi dropping to the bench.

Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:

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15 Comments

  1. olowe

    September 22, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    I hope Chelsea get the best of arsenal once again.

  2. Kwabena Yeboah

    September 23, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Conte shld bench Oscar n start cesc fabregas

  3. Kwabena Yeboah

    September 23, 2016 at 12:38 am

    fabregas for oscar

    • prudence

      September 23, 2016 at 12:53 am

      oscar shd be rested and start fabregas

  4. prudence

    September 23, 2016 at 12:55 am

    oscar shd be rested and start fabregas

  5. Joseph porto

    September 23, 2016 at 1:12 am

    I am fan of Willian, but he need rest, i will preffer now Moses. As for Oscar, I preffer Fabregas, as visitors we need keep busy Arsenal over Costa, and the magic of Fabregas will be crucial from minute one.

  6. Donald Kenny

    September 23, 2016 at 4:17 am

    The 4-1-4-1 formation is good but Conte’s choice of players is often the case. Magic is the weak link because he is not creative and cannot do the fabregas job which the team really needs against bigger rivals.Conte needs to forget all he achieve in Turin and concentrate on the premier league. He should first be concerned about attacking football get the goals first then kill the game and in order to achieve this fabregas should start because he is chelsea’s force going forward. He has that ability to dictate the tempo of the game and gives decisive passes which often create goal opportunities.

  7. Donald Kenny

    September 23, 2016 at 4:30 am

    With fabregas in the 4-1-4-1 line up conte has got five creative players going forward while kante sit in front of the back four. It is everyone’s responsibility to fight and retrieve the ball when they loose it and collective close the gap while defending as well so as not create loopholes in the team. Conte should try to always make his substitutions early as from 65 minutes to give room to the incoming players to make significant impact on the game.

  8. Roblue

    September 23, 2016 at 7:45 am

    stupid to select this team its virtually the same losers – a manager cannot be so blind to pick the same failures when he has better available

  9. Monsur arutu

    September 23, 2016 at 9:23 am

    The same mistake that ocured against liverpool shld not repeat itself by conte chelsea shlb balace d game,fabrigas deserve a stert against asenal,conte shld always subtitud when d game is at 50munites talk to d guys to get into d game immediately and close attack.

  10. Sam

    September 23, 2016 at 9:24 am

    In midfield, why not try, kante-mikel and Fabregas?

  11. Uzoh charles ifeanyi

    September 23, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I want mikel, kante ,and fabregas in the middle.

  12. James Too sweet

    September 23, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Make that chelsea mumu coach start with fabrepass ( fabregas ) so that him go dy distribute passes, then matic and kante go hold ozil

  13. Mozes

    September 23, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    YOU GUYS SHOULD STOP INSULTING ANTONIO CONTE, FOR GOD SAKE HE IS GOOD MANAGER. CHELSEA PLAYS GOOD FOOTBALL COMPARE TO THE WAY THEY PLAYED LAST SEASON. I WONDER IF YOU SOME YOU SO CALLED CHELSEA FAN ARE BLIND. ?THE MATCH AGAINST LEICESTER CITY. FABREGAS PLAYED NOTHING, NOT UNTIL WHEN CHALOBAH CAME IN. SO SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND LET CONTE DO HIS JOB. RUBBISH.

  14. Jorzil ale OJO

    September 23, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    conte, please drop Oscar for beach and like no 4 Jersey to start tomorrow game against arsenal

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