Ladies and gentlemen, we have clues! Two, to be exact, as we try to divine what lineup Antonio Conte will field in our midweek match against Huddersfield Town.
Chelsea will chase a sixth win in a row (and fifth-straight in the Premier League) at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday when we play relegation-fearing Terriers. They’re just three points above the kill zone and in middling form (3 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses in their last ten matches) but played Manchester City to a creditable, although goalless, draw on Sunday at the Etihad.
Their form matters here, because it may well influence what shape Conte chooses to use and therefore what personnel he’ll employ. Which brings us to our clues:
Clue #1: Post-Liverpool, Conte said he’d probably be rotating some of his players for this one. The odds seem to favor Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud being a couple of them.
Clue #2: That same evening Conte went on Chelsea TV and said he felt the need to use a three-man midfield against tougher opposition.
Huddersfield have only three wins and two draws in their last ten away games, suggesting they’re not exactly a powerhouse. If Conte agrees, then we might see a return of the 3-4-3 he deployed at against Southampton in the FA Cup. Possibly with Pedro and Willian flanking Álvaro Morata (if fit) and an uncertain midfield.
Of course, that’s all speculation. Which is why this thread exists. For you to speculate.