3-4-2-1: Giroud Debut? Conte To Make 4 Changes | Expected Chelsea XI vs Watford

By on February 4, 2018

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Chelsea will be looking to get back to winning ways after their defeat to Bournemouth when they take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday night.

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

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois shipped three goals during the defeat to Bournemouth last week but the Belgian international should still keep his place in goal.

Defence: Andreas Christensen has been ruled out after picking up a hamstring injury last time out so Gary Cahill could move in to the middle of defence tomorrow night.

That would allow Antonio Rudiger to get a recall in the back three with Cesar Azpilicueta certain to keep his place but David Luiz is a doubt with an ankle injury.

Midfield: Cesc Fabregas could return to the staring eleven after making his comeback off the bench against Bournemouth having recovered from a hamstring problem.

Tiemoue Bakayoko could be the man to make way as N’Golo Kante is certain to keep his place in the middle of the park. Danny Drinkwater is also in contention but I think he’ll have to make do with a place on the bench while Ross Barkley has been ruled out with a hamstring issue.

Victor Moses should be recalled in the right wing-back position after being left out against Bournemouth so Davide Zappacosta will make way.

New signing Emerson Palmieri is short of fitness as he’s only recently recovered from a serious injury so Conte has suggested this game will come too soon. Therefore, Marcos Alonso is set to continue in the left wing-back role.

Attack: Alvaro Morata has once again been ruled out with a back injury that’s hampered him in recent weeks while Conte says Olivier Giroud is unlikely to be fit enough to start after recently returning from a hamstring injury. The Frenchman should, however, be on the bench.

With Michy Batshuayi off scoring goals on loan at Borussia Dortmund, Conte may have to deploy Eden Hazard in the false 9 position up front against Bournemouth tomorrow.

Pedro should keep his place in attack while Willian is in-line to return to the squad after recovering from a muscle injury and he could take his place in attack.

Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:


  1. opeyemi

    February 4, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Bakayoko need to rest because he
    cannot play along kante and secondly our conte need to start David Luis

  2. willister mudenda

    February 5, 2018 at 4:52 am

    bakayoko has destroyed our games every week,why conte can’t deploy kante and Drinkwater to strengthen our midfield then push fabregas on number 10,and recall Luis back,if we are to beat fcb

  3. Patrick

    February 5, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Bakayoko need to rest then Luiz need to start

  4. Lornick

    February 5, 2018 at 8:36 am

    We need luiz back. if at all our game will resume to winning ways.then luiz need to come back alongside azpilicueta amd cahill or christensen..Rudiger need also to rest as well as bakayoko..

  5. Johnson

    February 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    luiz is my number one voting for our defence

  6. gilbert

    February 5, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    we are win today nice lineup conte your best coach


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  8. idrees

    February 5, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Our best defense selection remain as cahil luiz Cesar and baka and rudiga need to watch from the stand

  9. natty

    February 5, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    bakayoko out drink water in

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