The Blues kick-start their FA Cup campaign with a clash against Peterborough which expected to be a clear victory for the in form Premier League leaders.

Antonio Conte will have the opportunity to properly rotate his stars in the squad for the first time this season.

Confirming starts for Kurt Zouma and Michy Batshuayi, he said: “Zouma will start, he is ready to start. He deserves to start. It’s a good opportunity to show me he is in good form and to give me another opportunity when I go to choose the starting XI.”

“I have a good opportunity in this game to see Michy from the start, and this is important. Diego is doing very well, he is playing a lot, and I didn’t take a final decision because there is also tomorrow’s training, but for Michy it could be a good opportunity to show me his promise.”

In a 3-4-3 formation, Asmir Begovic is expected to replace Thibaut Courtois in goal.

Zouma is expected to start in a three-man defence alongside Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic.

Nemanja Matic should start in the midfield alongside Cesc Fabregas, Ola Aina and Chalobah as the youngsters get some game time on the pitch.

Willian is expected to start alongside Loftus-Cheek and Batshuayi who will hope to impress the manager.

Begovic- Zouma, Cahill, Ivanovic- Matic, Fabregas, Ola Aina, Chalobah- Willian, Loftus- Cheek, Batshuayi.



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