Chelsea warmed up well for the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday by beating Burnley 2-1 at the Turf Moor on Thursday.
The victory over Burnley saw Antonio Conte’s men move within five points of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who were held 1-1 by Brighton on Tuesday.
All eyes now shift on Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Southampton as Chelsea aim to salvage the season by winning the competition.
Probable Chelsea XI
Manager: Antonio Conte
Thibaut Courtois (GK)
Courtois is Chelsea’s undisputed No.1 between the sticks and should keep his place on Sunday.
Cesar Azpilicueta (RCB)
One of the most consistent performers in the Premier League, Azpilicueta is a rock at the back for Chelsea. He will have to be at the top of his game to restrict Southampton.
Gary Cahill (CB)
Gary Cahill has done very well in the last couple of games and deserves to start in the FA Cup semi-finals.
Antonio Rudiger (LCB)
After a shaky start to life at Stamford Bridge, Rudiger now looks to have found his feet and he will have to be extremely solid to keep the Saints at bay.
Victor Moses (RWB)
A champagne performance against Burnley in midweek, Moses will surely start the game. He has evolved under the guidance of Conte.
Emerson Palmieri (LWB)
Emerson made his full Chelsea debut against Burnley and was impressive. With Marcos Alonso banned for three games (for violent conduct against Southampton’s Shane Long), Emerson should start on Sunday.
N’Golo Kante (CM)
Kante does the dirty job for his team and keeps Chelsea ticking. The diminutive Frenchman possesses immense energy and tenacity which makes him such a vital cog in Chelsea’s machine.
Cesc Fabregas (CM)
Fabregas was rested for the midweek game and that is a clear indication of him starting at the weekend. The Spaniard needs to be at his creative best if the Blues are to reach the FA Cup final.
Eden Hazard (CAM)
The hub of Chelsea’s attacks, Hazard keeps the ability to create something out of nothing. His energy and ball retention ability are spectacular and the Belgian will be tasked with the job of taking Chelsea to the FA Cup final.
Alvaro Morata (RS)
Morata cut a frustrated figure after missing a sitter at Burnley but his work-ethic and vigour might see him get a start against Southampton.
Olivier Giroud (LS)
Giroud is a man brimming with confidence at the moment and after his last weekend’s heroics against Southampton, he will be raring to produce something similar again.