?Chelsea will look to temporarily close the gap on fourth placed Tottenham to two points when they travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea on Saturday evening. Antonio Conte’s men head into the game on good form having won their last three games – one of which an FA Cup semi final against Southampton.
Although slim, their hopes of finishing in the top four are still alive, however they can afford no more slip ups and must rely on teams above them dropping points. Here is the best potential lineup Chelsea can field for their crucial Premier League clash with Swansea.
Thibaut Courtois has played in 32 of Chelsea’s 34 Premier League games this season, and after back up keeper Willy Caballero started in their FA Cup semi final win over Southampton, the Belgian is set to come back into the starting lineup.?
The three central defenders have become a key attribute to the way Antonio Conte’s side is set up. The Blues have been solid defensively all season, ?with only four teams conceding less goals than Chelsea.
Despite the fact David Luiz continues to recover from his ongoing knee injury, Conte has plenty of options at his disposal. He will likely look to rest Gary Cahill after playing a number of games in succession, with youngster Andres Christensen set to come back into the starting lineup.
Cesar Azpilicueta has arguably been Cheslea’s best player this season, and will look to continue to lead his team by example at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
?With Marcos Alonso set to serve the third of his three-game suspension this weekend, Davide Zappacosta is set to occupy the left wing back role on Saturday after an impressive performance in the FA Cup semi final.
N’Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas have formed a good partnership in the middle of the park in recent games with Danny Drinkwater out injured and Tiemoue Bakayoko yet to return to form.
Although he has come under heavy criticism at times this season, Victor Moses looks to have silenced his critics in recent games after stringing together a number of impressive displays, and even scored the winning goal in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Burnley in their last Premier League outing.
It’s no secret that Chelsea play their best football when Hazard plays well however the Belgian has been struggling to leave his impact on games as of recent. He has scored just one goal in Chelsea’s last 11 games in all competitions, therefore he will be looking to end his drought on Saturday and help his side to what would be a vital win.
Despite Olivier Giroud’s impressive performances as of recent, Conte will turn to Alvaro Morata to lead the line up front, with the Italian having the luxury of bringing Giroud on should the blues need an impact substitution. Willian will likely complete the front three as he will look to prove plenty of flair and pace down the right wing.