COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Chelsea duo Victor Moses and Pedro should prove a real threat on Saturday against Tottenham.
The Blues host their London rivals in the Premier League and manager Antonio Conte is set to name an unchanged XI for the sixth consecutive league game, with Moses and Pedro occupying the wide positions on the right.
Tottenham are without their first-choice left-back Danny Rose against Chelsea as he is serving a suspension, while his understudy Ben Davies is also sidelined with an injury.
Centre-back Jan Vertonghen is set to slot in at left-back and Chelsea should look to exploit that area.
Vertonghen has played at left-back in the past for his national side Belgium, but is much more suited in the middle of defence and could be caught out for pace.
Pedro, 28, has cemented his place as the right winger in the club’s 3-4-3 formation and is currently keeping out fan favourite Willian.
The Spaniard has not received the attention of fellow attackers Eden Hazard or Diego Costa, but has proved his worth this season.
The pacy winger has scored two goals and supplied five assists in his 14 appearances, showing the kind of form that made him a regular at former club Barcelona.
Vertonghen would struggle with the speed and trickery of Pedro, who will look to get one-on-one with the Belgian defender as much as he can.
Moses has also emerged as a crucial player in Chelsea’s new system and shown great stamina at wing-back.
The 25-year-old has offered great support going forward and could cause Vertonghen a difficult afternoon.
He has finally become a regular starter for Chelsea after loan spells at West Ham, Stoke and Liverpool in the past few seasons.
Conte’s side have proved to be extremely dangerous in wide positions and will certainly be glad not to be lining up against England international Danny Rose, who would have offered a difficult test.
Premier League leaders Chelsea should be confident ahead of the clash and face a Sprus side that were eliminated from the Champions League on Tuesday.
In other Chelsea news, Nemanja Matic and Dele Alli are omitted from a combined XI with Tottenham players.