Matic To Repalce Fabregas – Predicted 3-4-3 Chelsea Line-Up To Face Tottenham Hotspur


Antonio Conte’s Chelsea managed to keep their winning run in the last game of the previous year as goals from Gary Cahill, Willian and Diego Costa gave them all three points from their home game against Stoke City. With this victory, Chelsea stays 6 points clear of Liverpool and the manager will hope that his team can start the New Year as they finished the last one. In the first game of the second half of the season, Chelsea face a tricky London derby away to White Hart Lane to face an all confident Spurs side that have now won 4 back to back games. There are not many teams that can stop this Chelsea side but playing at home, Pochettino will hope that his side can halt their winning run.

Here is the predicted lineup that Conte might field for this game:

Team News:

The manager has no new injuries to worry about as his side as John Terry and John Obi Mikel are the only players missing from this game. Pedro, served his suspension and is also back in contention for a place in this squad in this game.

Formation (4-3-3):

Thibaut Courtois:

The Belgian has been sublime in recent game for Chelsea but he will be tested by a fluid Tottenham side that is slowly finding some form this season.

Cesar Azpilicueta:

One of the most consistent defenders for Chelsea, Azpilicueta has helped them with some impressive performances and should keep his place in the side for this game.

David Luiz:

The summer buy for Conte, Luiz has been exceptional playing at the heart of the defense for Chelsea and he will be up against an inform Harry Kane in this game.

Gary Cahill:

Having scored the opener in the previous victory for Chelsea, Cahill will be high on confidence going into this game against Spurs.

Victor Moses:

The unsung hero for Conte this season, Moses is a regular starter for the side and he should start for Chelsea on this trip to the Bridge.

Nemanja Matic:

Though dropped to the bench in the previous game, Matic should be back into the starting XI to provide some cover for his back four in this game against the Spurs.

N’Golo Kante:

The former Leicester City man is the midfield engine for Conte that is making the team run and Spurs will have to keep him quite to take anything from this game.

Marcos Alonso:

The Italian has made the left wing-back spot at the club his this season and he should keep his place for this clash against Spurs.


With a brace in the previous game, Willian has now cemented his place on the right flank and should start in a similar position in this game.

Eden Hazard:

The Belgian playmaker had yet another impressive outing in the previous round and he will be one of the biggest threats for the home side in this clash.

Diego Costa:

The top goal scorer in the league, Costa has been exceptional in front of goal and is one of the first names on the team sheet this season for the Blues.

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