Following a last-minute victory against Atletico Madrid, Chelsea will host league leaders Manchester City this weekend, looking to go level on points with their weekend opponents. Currently at the third position, with 13 points, Chelsea can go level with Manchester City and Manchester United with a win. However, Pep Guardiola’s Man City have been in fine form this season. Therefore, it promises to be a fascinating encounter this week.
Let’s take a look at the projected Chelsea lineup ahead of their big clash on Saturday. You can also check out the City lineup by clicking here.
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois had a quiet night against Atletico Madrid. The Belgian, however, might be worked more, facing the likes of Aguero and co.
Right Wingback: Victor Moses will most likely retain his place in the team after an impressive performance against Atletico. He’ll look to use his dribbling abilities to help Chelsea on the counter.
Center Back(R): Azpilicueta was arguably Chelsea’s best center-back this midweek. The Spaniard’s defensive solidity is paramount as Antonio Conte’s men look to put an end to the attacking onslaught from Manchester City.
Center Back: David Luiz is banned for the clash against Manchester after picking up a red against Arsenal. Antonio Rudiger will replace the Brazilian in the center of the defense.
Center Back(L): Gary Cahill is also expected to retain his place on the side. The Chelsea captain will be useful in cleaning up the threat from the left-hand side. Though Kevin De Bruyne will do his best to change that.
Left Wingback: There’s no doubt over Marcos Alonso’s presence in the Chelsea starting lineup this weekend. The former Fiorentina man has grown to be one of the most important players for his team in recent months. His abilities going forward will be key for Chelsea this weekend.
Central Midfield(R): N’Golo Kante’s presence in midfield, will surely deter the progress of the Man City midfielders. The Frenchman’s tenacity will be a menace for the visitors throughout the game.
Central Midfield: Tiemoue Bakayoko will partner alongside his French teammate in midfield. Bakayoko looked pretty confident in his passing and distribution against Atletico. He needs to keep that form intact this weekend
Central Midfield(L): Cesc Fabregas was taken off in the final stages of the game, primarily because of safety precautions. He’ll be raring to impress against his former manager.
Center Forward: Though not exactly a centre-forward, Eden Hazard will still be Chelsea’s main man in attack. The Belgian will play in a slightly deeper role from the striker, looking to combine with Morata to help Chelsea create more chances.
Center Forward: Alvaro Morata will lead the line against Manchester City. The Spaniard has been amazing, to say the least in the last few matches. Chelsea players will look to use his aerial abilities and movements to break down the Man City defence.