Hazard Out? Chelsea vs Middlesbrough probable line-up

The international break is over and football clubs are set to return this weekend. Chelsea will take a short trip to Riverside stadium to take on new premier league arrival Middlesbrough right in front of their home fans.

The Blues are currently sitting in the second position with 25 points in the premier league table, with just a point behind league leader Liverpool.

The Boro were on fine-form before the international break, taking home a point at the Etihad stadium. Notwithstanding, we expect the in-form Blues to take home the maximum three-point come weekend.

Italian tactician Antonio Conte will be expected to stick to his winning 3-4-3 formation, while also feeding in a strong squad.

Chelsea wonder boy Eden Hazard picked up a knock during his national team victory over Estonia, in the FIFA World Cup qualifier during the weekend and as a result, we expect the Conte to start him from the bench in order to ensure maximum fitness.

Brazilian attacking midfielder Willian has been relegated to the bench in the last few weeks due to Spaniard winger Pedro form. But we however expect him to start ahead of Hazard in this weekend game.

Here is how we expect Conte to line-up his men with Diego Costa leading the attack line.

Goal Keeper: Thibaut Courtois
Defense: Garry Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta
Midfield: Marcus Alonso, Nemanja Matic, N’golo Cante, Victor Moses
Attack: Willian, Pedro and Diego Costa

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