Chelsea expected 3-4-3 v Tottenham: Attacker axed in three changes
By Dominic Toner
Chelsea are set to drop attacker Pedro from their starting line-up for their game against Tottenham on Saturday.
The Blues face Spurs in the FA Cup semi-final, while Arsenal and Manchester City clash in the other side of the draw.
Antonio Conte is set to make three changes from the team that lost to Manchester United 2-0 on Sunday.
Asmir Begovic, Kurt Zouma and Pedro are set to axed from the starting XI following the United defeat.
Meanwhile, first teamers Thibaut Courtois, Marcos Alonso and Willian are set to be recalled.
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Courtois and Alonso missed the defeat at Old Trafford due to injury, but are expected to be involved once again.
Chelsea ace Pedro is without a goal in his last six league games and Conte could turn to the capable hands of Willian on the wing.
Chelsea are expected to name their best available XI as they fight for silverware and that means number one goalkeeper Courtois coming back into the side.
They are then set to continue with the three-man defence of Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill that has served them so well this season.
Conte is likely to go with the midfield combination of N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic, meaning creative playmaker Cesc Fabregas misses out.
Alonso’s return to the side should see him play as the left wing-back, while Victor Moses offers the width on the opposite flank.
Pedro’s form has dipped considerably recently and that could open the door for Willian to stake his place for a permanent starting role.
Meanwhile, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are expected to continue in attack, with the latter in desperate need of a goal.
In other Chelsea team news, Paul Merson has predicted the clash against Spurs.