Chelsea predicted 4-2-3-1 v Norwich: Baba Rahman axed
OPINION By Coral Barry
Baba Rahman should be dropped by Chelsea against Norwich on Tuesday following his error in the weekend win at Southampton.
Kenedy replaced the 21-year-old at half-time after he gifted the opener to Shane Long and Guus Hiddink made no attempt to sugarcoat his decision after the match.
The Blues manager is likely to tweak his team for their two forthcoming Premier League matches – they face Stoke on Saturday – ahead of the make-or-break Champions League showdown against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday of next week.
Chelsea youngster Bertrand Traore is pushing for his first league start after Hiddink admitted he is considering resting Diego Costa for one of the two matches.
The Burkina Faso youngster is ahead of January loan signing Alexander Pato in the striking pecking order due to continuing doubts over the Brazilian’s conditions.
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Traore has scored in each of his last three appearances from the bench, but it would still represent a risk for him to start a Premier League clash away from home.
The resurgent Pedro will miss the Norwich game after suffering a hamstring injury at St Mary’s Stadium.
With John Terry set to miss out for a fourth consecutive match, Branislav Ivanovic is expected to partner Gary Cahill in defence.
The Blues are currently on an 11-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League and a win would move Hiddink’s side to their highest league position since the opening day of the season.
Chelsea 4-2-3-1 (possible): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Kenedy; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa.