Tonight Chelsea take on Norwich City in their FA Cup 3rd round replay as they look to continue the fight to win four competitions. Whilst we know it won`t happen, only Chelsea and Manchester City could, mathematically still win the three domestic honours as well grab Champions League glory.
Tonight though, is all about goals. More precisely Chelsea actually getting some. It`s been 276 minutes since Marcos Alonso fired past Petr Cech at the Emirates on January 3rd. Norwich need to be wary, Chelsea are due a goal.
Norwich may well find themselves up against a different Chelsea line-up tonight, as Antonio Conte looks to take Chelsea through to the fourth round and a home tie against Newcastle United.
Assuming the Italian reserves his reserve keeper for the domestic cup competitions, until they get really important anyway, Willy Caballero will get the nod between the sticks. Conte has already said that both Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas won`t start, so the backline is likely to feature Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu with Cesar Azpilicueta rested.
Conte will return to a 3-4-3 formation for the game that Chelsea must at least score in to regain some credibility. It could be the starting XI is stronger than the original tie as Conte looks to win the game, then choose to rest certain players. As such in midfield the two wing backs will most probably be Marcos Alonso and Davide Zappacosta with the former Leicester pairing N`golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater shoring up the centre of the park.
Eden Hazard was subbed off early in the weekend’s fixture, but expect Pedro to start the game and Eden Hazard to come off as a substitute if needed. Willian will definitely start on the opposite flank. Alvaro Morata has been so out of form, while Antonio Conte has already confirmed that Michy Bathusayi will start tomorrow.
Don`t expect Norwich to just roll over though, they`ll put up a fight, but with home advantage, Chelsea will be strong enough to win 2-0.
Predicted Lineup: Caballero; Luiz, Rudiger, Ampadu; Alonso, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Kante; Willian, Pedro, Batshuayi