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12th Dec, 2016 | 5:00pm

Forward axed in Conte 3-4-3: Chelsea best possible XI to face Sunderland

By Emma Sanders

Chelsea should start Willian ahead of Pedro for the clash against Sunderland on Wednesday evening.

The Brazilian has largely been overlooked by Antonio Conte in the last two months but after coming on as a second-half substitution during the 1-0 victory against West Brom, Willian should be given an opportunity to start against the league strugglers.

David Moyes’ side have looked solidity in defence this season and Willian’s pace and darting forward runs could cause them a number of problems so he should be given a rare start and a chance to impress.

Pedro should be the one to be axed with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa becoming irreplaceable in the Chelsea starting XI.

Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante should line up in their usual holding midfield roles, while Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso should also start on the wings.

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Chelsea should keep the same back three which has worked so well for them since Conte switched formations following the 3-0 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and David Luiz all deserve to retain their places and Thibaut Cortois is clearly the number one choice in goal.

The Blues currently hold a three point lead at the top of the Premier League table and could extend their lead with victory against Sunderland as Arsenal line-up a testing fixture against Everton.

In other Chelsea news, these are the three things we learned from the clash against West Brom.