3-4-2-1: Conte To Make 8 Key Changes | Expected Chelsea XI vs Everton

By on December 21, 2017

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Chelsea will be looking to cement their position in the top four when they take on Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

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

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois was rested for last night’s League Cup win over Bournemouth so the Belgian international is set for a recall this weekend.

Defence: Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta were given a breather on Wednesday night so the duo are certain to come back in to the defence on Saturday afternoon.

Gary Cahill came through the Bournemouth game unscathed and is favourite to keep his place with Ethan Ampadu and Antonio Rudiger dropping out.

David Luiz once again missed the Carabao Cup victory in midweek due to a knee injury and the Brazilian international isn’t expected to be available this weekend.

Midfield: Victor Moses should get a recall in the right wing-back role with Davide Zappacosta making way while Marcos Alonso should replace Kenedy on the opposite flank after being rested against Bournemouth.

It should be all-change in the middle of the park with N’Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko expected to get recalls after being rested last night so Danny Drinkwater and Cesc Fabregas may have to make-do with places on the bench.

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Attack: Conte has a big decision to make up front as Alvaro Morata has been ruled out after collecting his fifth booking of the season with a harsh late yellow against Bournemouth.

Michy Batshuayi is an option for the Italian coach but Conte favoured Eden Hazard in a ‘false 9’ role while Morata was out injured earlier this month so I think the Belgian international will be deployed in that role on Saturday.

Willian and Pedro could keep their places in attack and offer Hazard support with Batshuayi named among the substitutes.

Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:

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One Comment

  1. Rob

    December 22, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Chelsea have this one in the bag already despite the absence of their key man Alvaro Morata.

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