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Predicted Chelsea XI to face Bournemouth


Chelsea will seek to continue their perfect start to the Premier League season when they contest Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Blues are presently one of three clubs including Liverpool and Watford to have 12 points on the board but they could move clear at the top, should other results go their way.

Formation: 4-3-3

Predicted Lineup:

Kepa Arrizabalaga has looked decent during his first four appearances for the Blues, where he has kept two clean sheets. He should retain his position between the sticks this weekend.

Maurizio Sarri had expressed some discontent with the central defensive partnership of Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz after they conceded versus Newcastle but the clean sheet against Bournemouth thereafter should be sufficient to keep their positions.

Alongside the duo, Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta should feature from the start in the left and right side of the defence respectively. Alonso, in particular, has exhibited splendid form with one goal and two assists from the four league matches played.

Onto the midfield, Sarri has stuck with N’Golo Kante and Jorginho since the start of the campaign and the duo should retain their positions barring an injury. Summer signing Mateo Kovacic is likely to accompany the duo after having started the previous two matches.

Further forward, Eden Hazard is pretty much a certainty on the left wing but there could be a change on the opposite flank. Pedro netted his third league goal from the bench against Bournemouth this month and the Spaniard could reclaim a starting role ahead of Willian.

Upfront, Alvaro Morata has been Sarri’s preferred pick since the start of the season and the Spaniard is likely to feature once more as his pace could be used to exploit Cardiff’s backline on the counter-attack.


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