Confirmed Chelsea line-up v Tottenham: Fabregas axed
By Dominic Toner
Chelsea have made two changes to their starting XI against Tottenham in the Premier League meeting.
The Blues travel to White Hart Lane on Wednesday night for the highly anticipated clash and manager Antonio Conte has made two alternations from the team that beat Stoke 4-2 on Saturday.
Cesc Fabregas and Willian have dropped to the bench, meaning that Nemanja Matic and Pedrto come back into the starting line-up.
Chelsea have announced their starting line-up on their official Twitter account.
Chelsea team tonight: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard. #TOTCHE
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 4, 2017
Fabregas will feel particularly upset about his axe after performing well in recent games, but Conte has preferred the more defensively-minded Matic.
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Pedro also returns from a suspension and replaces Willian in attack, who scored twice in the Stoke victory.
Chelsea will set a Premier League record for consecutive victories if they record a 14th straight win over Spurs.
The Londoners have been in fantastic form since Conte switched to a three-man defence and they have climbed to the top of the league table.
They are currently five points clear of second-placed Liverpool and will stretch their lead to eight points with victory over rivals Spurs.
Chelsea won the previous meeting with Spurs this season as they ran out 2-1 winners at Stamford Bridge in November.
Their opponents are in good form themselves though and have won their last four league games, including back-to-back 4-1 victories over Watford and Southampton respectively.
In other Chelsea team news, Charlie Nicholas has predicted the club’s upcoming match against Spurs.