Key Trio To Miss Out? Predicted Chelsea Line-Up vs Crystal Palace
Chelsea take on Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. Here is the team we think Antonio Conte will pick for the game:
Chelsea will look to take another huge step towards reclaiming the title when they take on Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
Here is the team we think Antonio Conte will pick for the game:
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois is a minor doubt after requiring treatment on a hip injury during the international break but I still fully expect the Blues number one to take his place between the sticks this weekend.
Defence: The Italian coach is also unlikely to make any changes in defence as he has no fresh injury concerns to deal with at the back. David Luiz has been nursing an on-going knee injury in recent months but it doesn’t seem to be affecting his ability to play every week so he should line-up alongside Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill.
Kurt Zouma has expressed his concerns over his lack of playing time but I don’t see the young Frenchman breaking in to Conte’s side this weekend, or any time soon for that matter.
Midfield: Victor Moses made a swift recovery from his calf problem before the international break so I think we’ll see the Nigerian international start in the right wing-back position while Marcos Alonso should keep his place on the left.
N’Golo Kante is certain to start in midfield and I think we could see Cesc Fabregas given the nod ahead of Nemanja Matic for this game.
Attack: Conte has a couple of concerns in attack as Eden Hazard was forced to sit out Belgium’s international games due to a calf strain while Diego Costa picked up an ankle problem while away with Spain.
However, neither injury is thought to be too serious so I think we’ll see both players take their places in the attack against Palace on Saturday afternoon.
Pedro is firmly in favour under Conte in recent months so the Spanish international could keep his place ahead of Willian with the South American having to make do with a place on the bench.
Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:
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