Strongest Possible Chelsea Line Up To Face Leicester City – Mikel, Traore To Start

After a relatively wonderful performance against the all confident Liverpool side, the London Club, Chelsea, will be hosting the newly crowned champions of England, Leicester City.

A great game of football was played at Anfield couple of nights back where the defending Champions Chelsea gave one of their best performances this season and held Klopp’s men for a point. With just one game remaining in the league, Chelsea will be welcoming Leicester City through a guard of honour this Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

The last time these two sides met in the league, Leicester City emerged victorious as Ranieri’s men defeated Chelsea by 2 goals to 1 at King Power Stadium back in December 2015. Leicester City haven’t lost a single game since February 14th and the blues from London will be looking to give Leicester a run for their money. Looking at the clubs’ previous record, it is Leicester City who carries an upper hand in the fixture as they have won 4 of their last 6 games and have lost none. Furthermore, Chelsea have won just 1 of their last 6 games and have lost 3.

Here is the predicted lineup for Chelsea that could face Leicester this Saturday-

Goalkeeper: Begovic-

With Thibaut Courtois’ return still in doubt due to his illness, the Dutch interim will surely go with the Bosnian professional Asmir Begovic. The ex- Stoke City man made some decent saves in the game against Liverpool, but was horrible in defending crosses and his mistake, led the team to concede an equalizer.

Defence: Azpilicueta; Cahill; Mikel; Baba-

Azpilicueta had a good game against the Reds at Anfield where the Spanish full back troubled Liverpool from the wide areas. With no strong replacement for the position, Hiddink will surely start the game with Azpilicueta. With Terry’s suspension and Ivanovic’s fitness still in doubts, Hinddink might start Mikel as a center back against Leicester City who will be pairing up with the strong English defender Gary Cahill. Cahill in his game against Liverpool, was strong and confident and gave a tough fight. Baba too had a decent night at Anfield, and with no realistic candidate for the position, he will surely get a chance yet again.

Midfielders: Willian; Fabregas; Matic; Pedro; Hazard-

Willian has been the outstanding performer for the blues in the entire season, but has not performed up to the mark in the recent weeks and with Hazard stealing all the shows, the Brazilian winger is not giving his best. His last game against Liverpool was also an average one and was eventually taken off within an hour. Fabregas and Matic might continue at their usual position where Fabregas will be the driving force for the team, and Matic will be the holding one. With Pedro at number 10 and Hazard out on the flanks, the side surely can give Leicester a tough fight in the game.

Striker: Traore-

The Burkinabé professional featured against Liverpool last time out and the 20-year-old gave a decent performance as well. With Diego Costa out injured, the young gun might get his second chance to feature in the next game.

Written by Swapnil Bhopatkar

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