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3-4-3 Chelsea Predicted Lineup Vs Nottingham Forest: Hazard In Line For His First Start

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

The 0-0 draw against Arsenal has put Chelsea in a bit of a bind but despite that, they should be ready for their Carabao Cup challenge against Nottingham Forest. Antonio Conte is probably going to make some changes keeping in mind their Champions League and Premier League commitments, later this month.

The Blues failed to continue their climb in the Premier League table having missed a golden opportunity, not defeating Arsenal at home and the Italian gaffer will be ready to make a strong statement in this match.

The Blues are very tightly placed in this month as they have to play a number of matches within a short span of time but the gaffer has hinted he might not bring a vast change to the starting lineup. Chelsea also have an important match on Saturday as they will be playing Stoke City away so Conte needs to be very sure about his game plan.

Predicted 3-4-3 Chelsea starting lineup Against Nottingham Forest

Defence

Willy Caballero will be in charge of the goal against the Championship side. The Argentine keeper was signed from Manchester City on a free transfer and will be in his first match of this season.

In the backline, we could see a number of changes. David Luiz got the marching order in the last match so Andres Christiansen will be stepping up in his place to give Conte the necessary requirements for this game.

Antonio Rudiger hasn’t been utilized much since he arrived at the Stamford Bridge but will have a chance to showcase his talent. Gary Cahill is set to continue his resurgence on the side.

Midfield

Davide Zappacosta will come in the place of Victor Moses. The Italian international had a brilliant match against Qarabag in the Champions League and will be at the helm of the right wingback position.

Youngster Kenedy will be on the left side.

Cesc Fabregas has given a string of good performances in this season but he was pretty awful against the Gunners. However, he should keep his place in the starting lineup as Conte would like to give N’Golo Kante a much-deserved rest.

Tiemoue Bakayoko had a rather slow start to life in the Premier League. The French international will be alongside Fabregas in the middle of the pitch.

Attack

Eden Hazard might start his first game of the season. Charly Musonda has one of the most shining prospects of the Chelsea academy and the gaffer would like to test him in this match.

Michy Batshuayi will spearhead the attack. Here is how they might line up:

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