Hazard and Pedro to return? – Predicted Chelsea line-up to face Leicester City

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The Chelsea players celebrate a goal

Chelsea needed a late Eden Hazard winner to see off Bournemouth in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. The Blues will face Tottenham in the semi-finals of that competition. However, all our concentration is towards the next league game against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.

The Foxes are a tough team to face as their performances are unpredictable, but we should start as favourites for the tie.

Maurizio Sarri’s men are currently 11 points behind leaders Liverpool and this would be an easy clash to pick up three points.

The manager might shake things up in selection as the hectic Christmas schedule kicks in. Here is our predicted line-up for this game:

Predicted Chelsea XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK)

The Spaniard would want to keep a clean sheet against Leicester and perform well in between the sticks.

Cesar Azpilicueta (RB)

Azpilicueta was surprisingly played in midweek, but the Spaniard won’t get any rest and should continue as our right-back.

David Luiz (CB)

The Brazilian was brought on to replace Andreas Christensen against the Cherries, and he should start on Saturday.

Anotnio Rudiger

Antonio Rudiger

Antonio Rudiger (CB)

Rudiger was another player who started in midweek. He has been an ever-present in league games though.

Marcos Alonso (LB)

Alonso hasn’t been in the best of forms in recent months, but he is a better option down at left-back than Emerson Palmieri.

N'Golo Kante

N’Golo Kante (CM)

The French midfielder was rested against Bournemouth, but the Chelsea dynamo should start on Saturday.

Jorginho (CM)

The Italian didn’t play against the Cherries but should be back in the side on Saturday.

Ross Barkley (CM)

Barkley deserves more minutes on the pitch and with the festive schedule around the corner, Sarri could be tempted to give Mateo Kovacic a break and start with the former.

Pedro of Chelsea

Pedro (RW)

Willian hasn’t looked great for us this season, and the Brazilian should be replaced by Pedro on the right-wing.

Olivier Giroud (ST)

Giroud is our only fit striker at the moment, and he should start this game against the Foxes. His physicality and hold up play could be crucial for us.

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Eden Hazard (LW)

The Belgian didn’t start against the Cherries and made the difference from the bench. However, he starts every league game.

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