Conte To Make 1 Change As Key Man Ruled Out: Predicted Chelsea XI vs Watford
Chelsea take on Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. Here is the side we think Antonio Conte will pick for the game:
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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