Duo Ruled Out As Sarri Makes 10 Changes | Predicted Chelsea Line-Up vs Brighton

By on December 14, 2018

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Chelsea will be looking to cement their place in the top four with a win at Brighton on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side I think Maurizio Sarri will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Kepa was given a rest for the 2-2 draw with Vidi in the Europa League on Thursday night so the Spaniard is expected to be recalled on Sunday with Willy Caballero making way.

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Defence: Sarri will make wholesale changes to his defence after resting his key men last time out. Ethan Ampadu will have been disappointed with his own goal against Vidi and the youngster is expected to make way this weekend along with Andreas Christensen, Davide Zappacosta and Emerson Palmeiri.

Gary Cahill is carrying a knock so he’s likely to miss out but he wouldn’t have started even if he was fit as David Luiz will once again partner Antonio Rudiger in the middle of defence with Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso all recalled in the full-back positions.

Midfield: We will see changes in midfield as Jorginho and N’Golo Kante will both be recalled having been given a rest in the Europa League. Cesc Fabregas will make way after the Spaniard went public with his frustration at not being a regular under Sarri this season.

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Mateo Kovacic is a doubt with a thigh injury that ruled him out of the Vidi game so Sarri will have to choose between Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. I think Barkley may just get the nod to start alongside Jorginho and Kante.

Attack: Eden Hazard will obviously come back in to the side after being rested against Vidi and Chelsea will be looking to their talisman for inspiration in the final third once again on Sunday.

Alvaro Morata is set to miss out after picking up a knee injury on Thursday night so Olivier Giroud should start up front after coming off the bench to score a superb free-kick equaliser in midweek.

Willian also found the back of the net from a superb set-piece but the Brazilian international may still find himself dropped to the bench as Pedro is in-line for a recall after being rested against Vidi.

Callum Hudson-Odoi will also make way after getting a run-out on Thursday but Victor Moses is once again ruled out due to a back injury.

Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:

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