3-4-3: Chelsea Predicted XI to Face Peterborough
Antonio Conte will experience FA Cup action for the first time on Sunday when his Chelsea play host to Peterborough at Stamford Bridge.
The Italian manager has already confirmed he will make a number of changes to his regular Premier League side to face the League One opposition.
Posh are just outside the playoff places in the third tier of English football.
Here’s how I see Chelsea lining up on Sunday:
Goalkeeper: Asmir Begović
The 29-year-old has not had an opportunity in the Premier League so far this season but I fully expect Asmir Begović to start in the FA Cup, particularly versus lower league opposition.
Defence: Branislav Ivanović, John Terry, Kurt Zouma
Antonio Conte has confirmed that Kurt Zouma will make his first start in 11 months after getting back to full fitness following his serious knee injury picked up versus Manchester United last season. The French centre-back can be expected to be partnered up with Branislav Ivanović and John Terry who has seen next-to-no action since the manager switched to a 3-4-3 formation.
Midfield: Ola Aina, Cesc Fàbregas, Nathaniel Chalobah, Marcos Alonso
N’Golo Kanté and Nemanja Matić should be rested for this one as the Italian tactician brings in two attack-minded centre midfielders. Cesc Fàbregas has seen a fair bit of action of late and is widely-expected to start this one so he can dictate the game for the Premier League side. Youngster Nathaniel Chalobah has been given some opportunities this season and I think he’ll play this one from the start alongside the Spaniard. Ola Aina has been named on the substitutes bench a number of times this season and could get the nod ahead of Victor Moses in this one. Marcos Alonso may retain his place as the left wingback.
Attack: Willian, Michy Batshuayi, Pedro
Conte confirmed on Friday that Michy Batshuayi will start this one having been limited to only 84 minutes of Premier League action so far this season. The Belgian striker could be supported by both Willian and Pedro who have been rotating a bit recently, whilst Diego Costa and Eden Hazard will almost-certainly be rested.
Here is how Chelsea line up on paper: