Chelsea expected 3-4-3 v Peterborough: Batshuayi starts in nine changes
By Dominic Toner
Antonio Conte could make as many as nine changes to the Chelsea staring line-up for the FA Cup third-round tie on Sunday.
The Blues welcome the League One opposition for the cup match and are set to make vast changes to the side.
Chelsea have settled on a familiar starting XI for much of the campaign and are expected to give fringe players a chance to impress.
The Londoners will be hoping for a strong cup run to go alongside their league success, with the club currently top of the Premier League despite losing 2-0 to Tottenham on Wednesday.
Asmir Begovic, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Kurt Zouma, Ola Aina, Cesc Fabregas, Nathaniel Chalobah, Willian and Michy Batshuayi are expected to be the nine changes.
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Meaning senior players Thibaut Courtois, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Marcos Alonso, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are rested.
That leaves Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro as the only survivors from the defeat to Spurs.
Conte is set to give emerging youngster Aina and Chalobah the chance to impress in the first-team and they both featured in the EFL Cup competition this season.
Meanwhile, Batshuayi is expected to be given a huge opportunity to impress as he has found his game time restricted by the form of striker Diego Costa.
The 23-year-old is yet to make a big impact at Stamford Bridge following his £33million arrival from Marseille in the summer, but the FA Cup could be a perfect opportunity for him.
He has scored just three goals in 15 appearances for the Blues and will be looking to improve that record against Peterborough.
Chelsea have been FA Cup specialist in recent history and have won the competition four times in the last nine seasons.
However, they have not lifted the cup since the 2012/13 campaign and will be desperate to
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