Conte Makes 4 Changes: Predicted Chelsea Line-Up vs Arsenal

Chelsea will be looking to continue their excellent recent form when they welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

Here is the side we think Antonio Conte will pick for the game:

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois is certain to retain his place between the sticks unless he picks up a late injury meaning Willy Caballero will once again be on the bench.

Defence: Conte has admitted he has a decision to make in defence after Gary Cahill made an impressive return for the midweek win over Qarabag in the Champions League.

Antonio Rudiger had been deputising superbly for the skipper during his suspension but I think we’ll see Cahill continue in the back three against Arsenal on Sunday.

David Luiz is set to return after being rested in midweek meaning Andreas Christensen will make way while Cesar Azpilicueta should keep his place at the back.

Midfield: It will be interesting to see whether Davide Zappacosta keeps his place after scoring in Europe on Tuesday night but I think Conte will go with Victor Moses in the right wing-back position.

Spanish international Marcos Alonso should keep his place on the left while N’Golo Kante is certain to start once again in the middle of the park.

Danny Drinkwater has been ruled out for at least another two weeks as he continues to recover from a calf injury while Tiemoue Bakayoko is pushing for a recall but I think Cesc Fabregas will keep his place against his former club.

Attack: Conte has hinted that Eden Hazard could make his first start of the new campaign as he’s now close to being 100% match-fit after getting another 30 minutes under is belt in midweek having recovered from a broken foot.

Willian will drop out if Hazard starts in attack while Pedro should keep his place in the front three. Michy Batshuayi staked his claim for a regular role up front after scoring in midweek but Conte is expected to recall club record signing Alvaro Morata.

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Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata will link up well for Chelsea – Jamie Redknapp

The former Liverpool and Tottenham man thinks the gamble taken by Antonio Conte to tell Diego Costa he is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge looks like paying off.

Morata has been impressive so far this season, netting three Premier League goals in four appearances.

Redknapp told Sky Sports: “I said at the start of the year that one of the biggest gambles was doing what they have done with Costa and then playing Morata, but at the moment it seems to be working.

“Morata is one of the best headers of the ball I have seen in a long time. He has an incredible technique.

“He heads everything into the floor so it’s almost impossible for the keeper to save.

“He is not as good as Costa outside the box, and not as clever with the ball, but he looks a good player and he is a goalscorer. When the ball is in the box he will score.

“One thing about Costa and Eden Hazard is they played great intricate one-twos outside the box to link up.

“I don’t foresee that as much with Morata, but once Hazard comes inside with the ball you will see Morata making darting runs behind the defence and I think they will link up well, albeit in a different way to how Hazard and Costa played together.”

Hazard could return for Chelsea on Sunday at Arsenal when the two sides meet in the top flight.

The Belgian has been recovering from having ankle surgery over the summer.

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