4-3-3: Hazard Out As Sarri Makes 7 Changes | Expected Chelsea Line-Up vs Liverpool
Chelsea take on Liverpool at Anfield in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. Here is the side I think Maurizio Sarri will select for the game:
Chelsea will be hoping to book their place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup when they take on Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night. Here is the side I think Maurizio Sarri will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga is set to finally be given a rest having played in all seven of Chelsea’s games so far this season. Willy Caballero could come in between the sticks to make his first appearance of the campaign.
Defence: Sarri has confirmed he’ll rotate his squad so Davide Zappacosta could be given another chance to impress at right-back with Cesar Azpilicueta rested while Gary Cahill could make his first start of the season having fallen out of favour.
Andreas Christensen will also be hoping to make a rare start this season but David Luiz was rested in the Europa League game last week so Sarri may be tempted to start him away to a dangerous Liverpool side.
Antonio Rudiger will miss the game after picking up a groin injury during the 0-0 draw at West Ham on Sunday while Marcos Alonso may keep his place at left-back as Emerson has struggled to make any impression under Sarri.
Midfield: Cesc Fabregas is back in contention and is expected to feature in midfield after recovering from a knee injury that’s hampered him this season so Mateo Kovacic could get a breather.
N’Golo Kante could also be handed a rare rest with Ross Barkley the man most likely to come in as Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been ruled out with an on-going shin injury while Danny Drinkwater is out of favour.
Sarri won’t want to compromise his style of play too much so we could see summer signing Jorginho keep his place as he’s been the heart-beat of Chelsea’s new-look side this season.
Attack: Eden Hazard is expected to be rested and saved for the Premier League clash with Liverpool at the weekend so Victor Moses could get a run out in attack – although youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi will hope to feature at some point.
Pedro will miss out after failing to recover from a shoulder injury that he sustained last week so Willian may keep his place in attack but we should see Olivier Giroud making way for Alvaro Morata up front. The Spaniard is low on confidence right now so he’ll be looking for a goal to boost his morale.
Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:
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