3-4-2-1: Conte To Make 3 Key Changes | Expected Chelsea XI vs Newcastle
Chelsea take on Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Here is the side we think Antonio Conte will pick for the game:
Chelsea will be desperate to secure another win and keep the pressure on the top two when they take on Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Here is the side we think Antonio Conte will pick for the game:
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois kept another clean sheet on Wednesday night and is one of the first names on the team sheet so the Belgian international is almost certain to keep his place on Saturday.
Defence: David Luiz missed the 1-0 win over Swansea due to a knee problem so the Brazilian international is set to sit this one out – although he’d probably be on the bench even if fit as he’s fallen out-of-favour.
Cesar Azpilicueta missed his first league game in two years after being rested in midweek so the Spaniard will be recalled this weekend with Antonio Rudiger the man expected to make way despite scoring the winner on Wednesday as Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen should keep their places in the back three.
Midfield: Victor Moses made his comeback from the bench last time out after recovering from a hamstring injury so the Nigerian international could replace Davide Zappacosta in the right wing-back position.
Marcos Alonso will continue on the left while I would expect Cesc Fabregas to continue alongside N’Golo Kante in the middle of the park – although Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater are options for Conte if he wants to freshen things up.
Attack: Eden Hazard is set for a recall after being rested against Swansea and if Conte sticks with the 3-4-2-1 formation then he’ll have to decide who to drop out of Willian and Pedro.
Willian has been in the better form of late having scored three goals in his last three matches so I think the Brazilian international will get the nod to keep his place this weekend.
Alvaro Morata should once again lead the line up front as Conte has very little options to rotate with Michy Batshuayi struggling with an ankle injury.
Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:
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