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Predicted Chelsea line-up against Tottenham: Morata’s chance for redemption

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Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League: Predicted lineup

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It doesn't get any bigger than this. We win against one of our biggest rivals, the chance of reaching the top 4 remains. We lose and those chances look very, very grim. Consequently, we need Antonio Conte to get both his tactics and choice of players spot on as we'll be facing a, I hate to say it, very strong side in Tottenham which shouldn't be underestimated nowadays. Lineup choices will be even more crucial than usual.

While Conte may spring a surprise or two, his hand could very well be forced at goalkeeper, with Caballero having to deputise due to the uncertainty surrounding Thibaut Courtois and his battle to get fully fit. Ahead of him the back three should stay the same as normal these days, with Christensen retaining his spot despite a bit of fatigue from the long season.

Regarding the wing-backs, I prefer Zappacosta over Moses for the simple reason that, despite both having had poor runs of form, I trust the former to perform more adequately. Additionally, even though Davide's crossing hasn't been the best lately, I don't know whether I can take another crucial game in which Moses constantly fails to hit his cross beyond the first man — Victor's making Ivanovic look comparatively like a world-beater at crossing — and having developed a knack for running the ball over the line.

In midfield and attack, we should probably stick to our best possible choices at this moment in time; ergo, the glorious Kanté partnering Fàbregas and Hazard plus Willian flanking the centre forward. I had a hard time deciding who to pick as the lone striker but as Conte specifically emphasized that Morata's '100% back' (pun intended) I'll trust the coach in picking the Spaniard instead of Giroud who would be my favoured choice normally. Don't let me/us down, Alvaro!

Therefore, my predicted line-up is as follows:

3-4-3:
Caballero | Rüdiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta | Alonso, Kante, Fabregas, Zappacosta | Hazard, Morata, Willian

The WAGNH community’s preferred line-up is a carbon copy of the one above with the sole exceptions coming in goal and at right wing-back. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the availability of Courtois, this doesn't come as a surprise. Nevertheless, Caballero (46%) isn't far off as the recent mistakes made by Thibaut, combined with him being a doubt, will have contributed to big Willy's high number of votes.

3-4-3 (79%):
Courtois (54%) | Rüdiger (95%), Christensen (67%), Azpilicueta (99%+) | Alonso (96%), Kanté (99%+), Fabregas (59%), Moses (69%) | Hazard (99%), Morata (73%), Willian (96%)