Predicted 4-3-3 Chelsea XI to face Tottenham in the Premier League
Chelsea will be disappointed with their performance after being held to a goalless draw at home by Everton before the international break.
The Blues are still unbeaten across all competitions but the pressure will be on them to come away with three points when they make the trip to the Wembley to face an in-form Tottenham side.
Spurs saw off Crystal Palace 1-0 in their last game and the Lilywhites currently sit 4th in the standings, just a point behind Chelsea.
With both the teams expected to go hammer and tongs at each other, Saturday’s top of the table clash is set to produce a mouth-watering edge of the seat encounter.
Mateo Kovacic is slightly doubtful to feature in the starting eleven on Saturday due to a muscular injury while Marco van Ginkel and Ethan Ampadu are ruled out with injuries.
Maurizio Sarri is not expected to make too many changes to the team that drew against Fulham in the last outing.
Manager: Maurizio Sarri
1. Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK)
The Spaniard has kept six clean sheets in the Premier League so far and will need to be at the top of his game on Saturday.
2. Cesar Azpilicueta (RB)
The veteran has barely put a foot wrong this season and has always been solid at the back.
3. Antonio Rudiger (CB)
The German international has been one of the standout performers for the Blues this season and will have his work cut out against Harry Kane.
4. David Luiz (CB)
He has established a solid partnership in the heart of Chelsea’s defence alongside Rudiger and Sarri should continue to rely on him.
5. Marcos Alonso (LB)
He showed in the previous game against Everton why he is one of the best attacking full-backs in the world and Sarri needs him to come up with a quality end product on Saturday.
6. Jorginho (CDM)
His flawless passing, immaculate distribution and game-reading ability are invaluable assets to the Blues in the midfield.
7. N’Golo Kante (RCM)
The Frenchman continues to be one of the pivots of Chelsea’s midfield and has shown strong signs of promise in his new attacking role this season.
8. Ross Barkley (LCM)
The English international has been in terrific form in recent weeks and his ability to chip in with valuable strikes can prove to be handy for the Blues.
9. Eden Hazard (LW)
He is Chelsea’s indispensable weapon in the final third and Sarri will be looking up to him to propel the team to a victory over Spurs.
10. Willian (RW)
The Brazilian has raised his game in recent weeks and Sarri should hand him a start ahead of Pedro.
11. Olivier Giroud (ST)
Morata struggled in the last game against Everton and is likely to be outmuscled by Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld on Saturday, which should prompt Sarri to field the Frenchman in the starting line up.