Key Man Returns As Sarri Makes 6 Changes | Predicted Chelsea Line-Up vs Leicester

By on December 20, 2018

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Chelsea will look to cement their position in the top four when they take on Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. Here is the side I think Maurizio Sarri will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Sarri resisted the temptation to rest Kepa in the League Cup on Wednesday night so the Spaniard is certain to keep his place this weekend with Willy Caballero among the substitutes.

Defence: Chelsea are expected to make a couple of changes in defence after Sarri rested David Luiz and Marcos Alonso for the win over Bournemouth. The duo are set for recalls on Saturday with Andreas Christensen and Emerson Palmeiri making way.

Cesar Azpilicueta is a vital player in Sarri’s starting eleven so he should once again start at right-back while Antonio Rudiger is expected to keep his place alongside Luiz in the middle of the back four.

Midfield: We will see changes in midfield as Jorginho is certain to be recalled after being given a well-earned breather in the Carabao Cup so Cesc Fabregas is set to make-way as his fringe-player status at Chelsea continues.

N’Golo Kante is also due to come back in to the side after being a substitute against Bournemouth so Ross Barkley is likely to make way with Mateo Kovacic keeping his place in the midfield three.

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Attack: Eden Hazard wasn’t risked from the start in the League Cup on Wednesday night as he was carrying a minor knock but the Belgian international came off the bench to score the winning goal for Chelsea. As long as he hasn’t suffered any reaction to his injury, Hazard should be recalled this weekend.

Sarri has deployed Hazard in the ‘false 9’ role recently so with Alvaro Morata still nursing a knee injury that kept him out of Chelsea’s win over Bournemouth, I think we may see him through the middle against Leicester.

That would mean there is room to start both Willian and Pedro in the attack with the duo supporting Hazard from the wings with Olivier Giroud having to make-do with a place on the bench.

Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:

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