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Christensen Back, Hazard Rested?

Christensen Back, Hazard Rested?

Chelsea await the visit of on Saturday, of a Stoke City side decimated by injury. The fact that loanee, Kurt Zouma, is unable to play against his parent club adds to Mark Hughes` problems.

But never mind, at Vital Chelsea we`re more interested in how Chelsea will line-up against the Potters rather than vice-versa.

For sure, Thibaut Courtois will be looking to carry on his recent good form, his appearance is almost guaranteed.Antonio Conte is likely to recall Andreas Christensen following illness, in the centre of a defensive three. Either side of the young Dane Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger complete Chelsea`s strongest back line.

Conte`s rotation of players most often involves a change of formation as well. Having played 3-5-2 against Brighton on Tuesday, don`t be surprised to see a 3-4-3 start on Saturday.

Marcus Alonso makes the side on account of his dead ball play alone, never mind his wing work. On the other side Victor Moses also works well as he patrols the right touchline.

In the centre of midfield it`s an opportunity for N`golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater to regain some of their Leicester City understanding, should Conte chose to. That said Conte does appear to like Cesc Fabregas in his team so, he`s, more likely to play in place of DD.

There`s a small possibility that Eden Hazard will be rested ahead of the Arsenal game in the new year. If so, Pedro and everyone`s favourite, Willian will sandwich Alvaro Morata who will play as striker.

Once again three points are crucial as Chelsea look to maintain space between themselves and the chasing pack. With Manchester United kicking off Saturday evening against Southampton, it`s a chance to jump into second place, at least for a couple of hours.



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Writer:techlec2000
Date:Friday December 29 2017
Time: 10:41AM

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I dont think we're quite in a position to rest our most influential player. Let's go with azpi-AC-cahill, moses-DD-baka-kante-kennedy, hazard-morata.. alonso we can afford to rest for Arsenal.
Babayarobabarahman
29/12/2017 12:34:00
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Who told you Willian is everyone's favourite?
Joe Onda
29/12/2017 19:43:00
0
Irony is so hard to grasp in writing...
Babayarobabarahman
29/12/2017 20:06:00
0
Very true Baba, lowest form of wit too.
techlec2000
29/12/2017 21:29:00
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Kennedy deserves a run. Also Fab should never play in a two man midgield, except we are dominating and we could essentialy do with a single midfielder.
elemzy
30/12/2017 00:44:00
0
Can any line-up satisfy the fans?
Aare Anjola?
30/12/2017 06:08:00
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