4-3-3: Kovacic Out As Sarri Makes 2 Changes | Expected Chelsea Line-Up vs Tottenham
Chelsea take on Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday evening. Here is the side I think Maurizio Sarri will select for the game:
Chelsea will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the new season when they take on Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday evening. Here is the side I think Maurizio Sarri will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga is certain to keep his place between the sticks tomorrow evening as the Spaniard has made a superb start to life in West London following his big-money move in the summer. Willy Caballero will have to make-do with a place on the bench.
Defence: Sarri has played a settled back four in the Premier League so far this season and the Italian is unlikely to tinker with his line-up tomorrow so we should see a familiar defence on show.
Cesar Azpilicueta will once again start at right-back with Davide Zappacosta acting as back up from the bench while Marcos Alonso will be selected ahead of Emerson Palmeiri at left-back.
David Luiz has been enjoying life under Sarri this season and the Brazilian international should continue his partnership alongside Antonio Rudiger with Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen battling for a place on the bench.
Midfield: Chelsea will have to hand a late fitness test to Mateo Kovacic as he’s been struggling with a muscle injury. Sarri has suggested the Croatian international should be available but I don’t think he’ll be risked from the start.
Therefore, we could see Ross Barkley given another chance to impress in midfield as he’s been showing some encouraging form lately. N’Golo Kante will be looking to celebrate signing his new contract with another top class performance in midfield while Jorginho is certain to start once again in the deep lying playmaker role.
Attack: Eden Hazard is Chelsea’s danger-man and the Belgian international will be looking make a difference in this big game while Willian is likely to be given the nod ahead of Pedro in attack.
Alvaro Morata had been slowly finding some form in front of goal before the international break but Olivier Giroud has an excellent goal-scoring record against Tottenham from his time at Arsenal and I think he might be selected up front tomorrow.
Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:
Chelsea head in to the weekend action sitting third in the Premier League table and have won the last four meetings between the two sides at Wembley so they have been installed as the narrow 8/5 favourites with the bookmakers.
Spurs and Chelsea have plenty of attacking threat so we should see lots of goal mouth action tomorrow and you can back over 2.5 goals at odds of 8/11.
Although Tottenham will always fancy their chances at ‘home’, Chelsea remain unbeaten in the league this season and have an excellent record against Spurs, so BTTS and the draw looks tempting at odds of 10/3.
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