Friday, 22 December 2017

Picking the Best Potential Chelsea Starting Lineup to Face Everton on Saturday

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Chelsea head north for their final fixture before Christmas Day as the reigning Premier League champions face Everton at Goodison Park.




The London-based Blues have won all four of the previous contests between the two clubs and will want to extend that winning run to five come Saturday afternoon.



Here's how we expect Antonio Conte to line his team up:

Goalkeeper
Courtois
Courtois
13
​If ever a place in Chelsea's team was a given for someone, it's Thibaut Courtois in-between the sticks.

Defence
Christensen
Christensen
27
Azpilicueta
Azpilicueta
28
Cahill
Cahill
24
​Conte has had tremendous success with a three-man central defence since September 2016, and there's no reason he shouldn't field a similar lineup on Merseyside.



With David Luiz injured and Antonio Rudiger unable to break into the team, a trio of Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen will be chosen by the Italian to try and keep Everton's attackers at bay.

Midfield
Zappacosta
Zappacosta
21
Bakayoko
Bakayoko
14
Kanté
Kanté
7
Alonso
Alonso
3
​Davide Zappacosta has impressed at right wing-back for Chelsea in recent times and, with this game being away from home, should be given the nod ahead of rival Victor Moses.



Marcos Alonso should reprise his role on the opposite flank, while Tiemoue Bakayoko and N'Golo Kante will hold the fort in the heart of midfield.

Forwards
Willian
Willian
22
Hazard
Hazard
10
Pedro
Pedro
11
​With Alvaro Morata maddeningly suspended for this one due to his goal celebration in midweek, Conte will plump for the terrifying triumvirate of Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro in attack.



The three forwards tore Huddersfield apart in the 3-1 triumph over the Terriers a few weeks ago, and Conte will hope for a similar performance against a resilient Everton defence.

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