Chelsea take on Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the Premier League and Antonio Conte will be desperate to get back to winning ways after having drawn all three of their previous encounters.
The Blues currently sit third on the league table – just one point behind Manchester United and Conte will surely be hoping to give United a tough fight for the second spot especially after his recent clash with Jose Mourinho.
CHELSEA TEAM NEWS:
The biggest question on everyone’s mind is whether the club’s latest signing Ross Barkley will feature in the starting line-up or not? And we feel that the English International is still not a hundred percent fit to start a game. Barkley has been recovering from a long injury lay-off and has returned back to first-team training at the Cobham and Conte will surely not risk him by handing him a start. So we guess, Barkley will be on the bench at best.
Victor Moses played the full 90 minutes against Arsenal in the League Cup and Zappacosta is likely to replace him in the right wing-back role on Saturday.
Fabregas and Drinkwater both started in midfield alongside Kante during the Arsenal clash and both the midfielders will make way for Pedro and Tiemoue Bakayoko with N’Golo Kante being the pivot in midfield.
Alvaro Morata has not been in the finest of forms but Conte does not have any other option but to start with the Spaniard in the striker’s role.
CHELSEA’S PREDICTED LINE-UP:
Defence: Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta.
Midfield: Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso, Zappacosta.
Attack: Hazard, Morata, Pedro.