28-year-old axed in Conte 3-4-3: Best possible Chelsea XI to face Bournemouth
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Chelsea must axe Diego Costa from the starting line-up in three changes to face Bournemouth on Saturday.
Antonio Conte should bring Michy Batshuayi into the XI for the trip to the Vitality Stadium as Costa has shown in recent weeks that his form has started to fade.
The 28-year-old has only scored twice in the last eight league matches spanning back to January and has failed to find the net in his last four outings in all competitions.
Batshuayi has been underused by Conte and has barley been given a shot at starting in the first team.
Bournemouth’s defensive record isn’t the best so it would be a good game to see what the Belgian striker can do when he is called upon.
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Conte must also bring Victor Moses back into the side after he’s now recovered from a toe injury that has kept him out of the last two matches.
The Nigerian international should replace Kurt Zouma, meaning that Cesar Azpilicueta can return to the back three alongside Gary Cahill and David Luiz.
In the final change, Nemanja Matic must start over Cesc Fabregas after he failed to perform to the required level in the win against Manchester City on Wednesday.
Thibaut Courtois should keep his place in goal as he is by far the club’s best option for the No 1 spot.
Marcos Alonso and N’Golo Kante should keep their spots in midfield while Eden Hazard and Pedro are the best bets to support Batshuayi and must start to make up the front three.
Chelsea’s victory over City meant that Tottenham did not make any ground on the league leaders.
Spurs are the only real threat to title prospects and face Watford this weekend who are fresh off the back of beating West Brom.
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