3-4-2-1: Conte To Make 5 Changes | Expected Chelsea XI vs Southampton

By on April 20, 2018

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Chelsea will be look to book their place in the FA Cup final when they take on Southampton at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.

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

Goalkeeper: Willy Caballero has played in the previous rounds of the competition but with the final now in sight I’d be surprised if Thibaut Courtois isn’t chosen to start on Sunday.

Defence: Gary Cahill has been back in favour in recent weeks so the Blues skipper should keep his place at the back along with Cesar Azpilicueta.

However, Antonio Rudiger could be set to make way with Andreas Christensen pushing for a recall in the middle of the back three. David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu remain on the sidelines through injury.

Midfield: Marcos Alonso is suspended after being slapped with a three-match ban for violent conduct so Conte has a decision to make in the left wing-back role.

Emerson Palmeiri – who arrived in January – made his first Premier League start during the win at Burnley last night but he may not be fit enough to play again so soon having played very little football in recent months.

Therefore, Conte may decide to start Davide Zappacosta on the left with Victor Moses keeping his place in the right wing-back role.

Tiemoue Bakayoko got a run out in midweek at Turf Moor but I expect Cesc Fabregas to be recalled alongside N’Golo Kante in the middle of the park this weekend.

Attack: Alvaro Morata had a night to forget against Burnley so Conte must be tempted to start with Olivier Giroud through the middle against Southampton on Sunday.

The French international was the hero in the stunning comeback win over the Saints last weekend so I expect Giroud to lead the line up front.

Eden Hazard is certain to be recalled after being rested last night while Willian could also get the nod over Pedro in attack with Ross Barkley having to make do with a place among the subs.

Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:

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