Chelsea are set to face Bournemouth in a Boxing Day fixture at the Stamford Bridge and will hope to continue their winning streak in the Premier League.
Antonio Conte will be forced to ring two changes in the starting line-up following suspensions to Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante in their last game.
Chelsea’s expected line-up against Bournemouth: (3-4-3 formation)
Courtois- Cahill, David Luiz, Azpilicueta- Matic, Fabregas- Marcos Alonso, Moses- Eden Hazard, Pedro, Batshuayi
Thiabut Courtois is expected to maintain his status as the number one keeper.
Gary Cahill will start in defence alongside David Luiz and Azpilicueta in their typical three-man defence set-up.
Nemanja Matic will play alongside Cesc Fabregas in the midfield for the first time this season under Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 formation. while Alonso and Victor Moses are expected to run the flanks as usual.
Eden Hazard and Pedro will probably keep their place in attack due to their recent performance while Michy Batshauyi is expected to come in for suspended Costa.
A win for the Blues will edge them closer to Arsenal’s 14-game winning streak and will also see them end the year on a high at the top of the English Premier league table.
Bournemouth predicted line-up: (4-2-3-1 formation)
Boruc- Daniels, Cook, Francis, Smith- Jack Wilshere, Arter- Stanislas, King, Ibe- C Wilson