Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Picking the Best Potential Chelsea Lineup to Face Qarabag on Wednesday Night

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Chelsea head to Azerbaijan on Wednesday to face Qarabag in the Champions League. A win will secure their progress into the knockout stages.


They sit in second behind Roma, who thrashed them 3-0 a couple of weeks ago. The London side will be hoping for a slip up from the Italians to get back to top spot.

Here is how Conte could shape his Chelsea side as they go in search for the all important three points.
Goalkeeper

Courtois
Courtois
13
Despite conceding three goals last time out in Europe, the Belgian remains the preferred choice and proved his worth last weekend in their 4-0 win at the Hawthorns against West Brom.​
Defence

Azpilicueta
Azpilicueta
28
Christensen
Christensen
27
Cahill
Cahill
24
​Captain Gary Cahill will retain his role on the left-hand side of defence - unlike in Rome, when he was placed on the right and didn't look assured.

Cesar Azpilicueta has played every league minute since Conte's arrival at Chelsea, and with being a trusted member of the side, the Spaniard will start in Baku.

However, the central role in defence is hotly contested by Andreas Christensen and David Luiz. Since the Brazilian has been out of the side, the young Dane has been able to showcase his capabilities and has impressed. Luiz will be vying for his return in this one.

But Christensen has done nothing to warrant being dropped and should start for Chelsea.
Midfield

Zappacosta
Zappacosta
21
Fábregas
Fábregas
4
Kanté
Kanté
7
Bakayoko
Bakayoko
14
Alonso
Alonso
3
Conte showed little respect against Roma by playing a four in the midfield and is likely to learn from his mistakes. Qarabag will be up for it with the Europa League still a possibility.

Both wing-backs will remain the same as this fixture is likely to be too soon for Victor Moses, who is almost there in terms of recovery after his hamstring injury.

Fabregas was superb at West Brom, and is set to regain his role on Wednesday. Alongside the Spaniard will be N'Golo Kante.

New arrival Danny Drinkwater could be in contention for a start as Conte may look to rotate slightly and with Bakayoko just returning from a minor injury, the Italian may look to rest the Frenchman.
Forwards

Morata
Morata
9
Hazard
Hazard
10
​Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard's link up play on Saturday against West Brom was sensational and both will continue in the forward roles for Chelsea.

At some stages they haven't been clinical, but they will look to score early to make it a more comfortable night for the London side with Liverpool looming this coming Saturday.

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