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3-4-3 Chelsea Predicted Lineup To Face Stoke City: Hazard To Start?

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Abhishek Majumdar
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Chelsea’s winning run in the Premier League, which lasted for only three matches, was cut short by arch-rivals Arsenal in their last match that ended in a lacklustre, goalless draw. There was nothing much to talk about the performances from both the teams, except the red card that saw the Blues’ defender David Luiz miss their next encounter in the League Cup against Nottingham Forest, winning it by 5-1.

The reigning Premier League champions are not having a great time this season, starting off with a defeat in their very first match against Burnley. However, the West Londoners found their way back into the tournament with three consecutive wins against Tottenham, Everton and Leicester City, only to see their neighbours from the Northern part of the city spoil the party in their last of the season so far.

The Blues will look to win their next match in the Premier League against Stoke City and get three very crucial points to get back on track in their season of title defence. The lineup can look somewhat like this when the side takes the field in their sixth match this weekend-

Defence-

The man in charge at Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte, had to make a number of changes throughout the season so far due to the unavailability of key players like Gary Cahill due to an injury.

However, he is back in action and should be partnered with players like Caesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger while David Luiz, remains suspended in the next match against the Potters, will hopefully avert the danger of their opponents getting the better of them. Thibaut Courtois is set to start in goal once again.

Midfield-

With players like Tiemoue Bakayoko and N’Golo Kante in the middle of the pitch, there might not be much of a chance for the Stoke City players to get past them with ease in the forthcoming match in the Premier League.

The flanks will be covered by Moses and Marcos Alonso, who have been very effective so far this season and will look to help their side get all the three points from the next match.

Attack-

New signing Alvaro Morata has been performing as per expectations in the Premier League and will look to be on target once again to get his team all the three points against the Potters. He might have the two forwards Pedro and Willian on either side starting for the Blues.

Predicted lineup-

Courtois,  Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Cahill, Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso, Pedro, Willian, Morata.

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