Chelsea expected 3-4-3 v Everton: Senior trio omitted
By Emma Sanders
Antonio Conte could name an unchanged side to take on Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday even though Willian is pushing for a recall.
The Brazilian may be drafted in for Pedro though it is likely Conte will keep the same starting XI that recorded a convincing 2-0 victory over Southampton.
Willian could be joined on the sidelines by fellow senior pair Cesc Fabregas and John Terry.
Chelsea have enjoyed a bright run of form and it’s expected Conte will want to keep consistency in the defence so Terry is likely to miss out.
David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta should all retain their places in the back line while Thibaut Courtois is almost certain to start in goal.
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Cesc Fabregas is still not ready for a return so Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante, Nemaja Matic and Marcos Alonso are likely to line-up in midfield.
After a wonderful performance against Southampton, Eden Hazard is looking like his old self against and Conte will be hoping the Belgian is on top form again as he’s likely to start in an attacking front three.
Alongside Hazard, the Premier League’s leading goalscorer Diego Costa will undoubtedly lead the attack in the centre forward role and Pedro will likely make up the front line.
Kante and Matic should continue their partnership in the centre of midfield while Ivanovic is likely to continue to miss out with Moses in bright form on the right side.
Alonso should take up his usual position on the left wing while Conte’s back three is likely to remain the same after a solid performance against the Saints.