Predicted Chelsea Line-up To face Arsenal In The Premier League
After decimating Stoke City in their final game of 2017, Chelsea will visit Arsenal on Wednesday to play a highly intense Premier League match. Manchester United are back to 2nd place in the points table now but if the Blues manage to win this game, they could leapfrog them once more. Beating Arsenal will be a priority for the club after losing to them in the FA Cup final last year and Antonio Conte’s men will put up a tough fight for 3 points.
Eden Hazard, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas are all expected to return whereas David Luiz and Charly Musonda will possibly remain sidelined for this one. Besides that, Conte has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the match against Arsenal.
Probable Chelsea XI To Face Arsenal
Manager: Antonio Conte
Thibaut Courtois (GK)
Courtois’ presence in goal continues to be solid and Conte will surely hand him a start against Arsenal.
Gary Cahill (CB)
Cahill played in the previous game against Stoke and was defensively sound. That could see him earn a starting spot for the big game on Wednesday as well.
Antonio Rudiger (CB)
Rudiger was phenomenal against Stoke and is known for making solid defensive blocks. That could prove to be handy in keeping threat from the likes of Sanchez and Ozil at bay.
Cesar Azpilicueta (CB)
Azpilicueta continues to be a solid defensive presence for the Blues at the back and he is likely to hold on to his spot on Wednesday.
Davide Zappacosta (RWB)
Could be in contention for a starting spot and Zappacosta work wonders in this position. He even scored against Stoke and will be quite confident going into this game.
Marcos Alonso (LWB)
Alonso’s attacking support and defensive stability on the left wing have truly made a difference for Chelsea, thus making it likely for Conte to hand him a start.
Cesc Fabregas (CM)
Fabregas is likely to be back in the team and it will be interesting to see how he battles against his former club to dictate proceedings in the middle of the park.
N’Golo Kante (CDM)
Kante was key for Chelsea in the midfield last season and continues to be a solid presence. His influence will prove to be crucial against the Gunners.
Tiemoue Bakayoko (CM)
Bakayoko could be back in the lineup on Wednesday. He made a dismal start to his Chelsea career but has shown encouraging signs lately, which could prompt Conte to deploy him.
Eden Hazard (SS)
Hazard thrived in this role against Brighton and Chelsea looked a lot more lethal when he played behind Morata. Conte could deploy Hazard in this position to cause troubles for the Arsenal defence.
Alvaro Morata (ST)
Morata is likely to start in his usual role and will be looking for an early goal to amp up the pressure on Arsenal.